The United States has imposed sanctions on five entities and two individuals based in Iran, China, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates involved in the procurement of critical parts for Iran's unmanned aerial vehicle program, states the US Treasury Department website.
This network facilitated the supply and financial transactions in support of the purchase of servo motors, a critical component used in Iranian Shaheds.
One of the servo motors purchased by the aforementioned network was found among the remains of an enemy drone recently shot down in Ukraine.
The list includes, in particular:
- Iranian company Pishgam Electronic Safeh (PESC) (purchased thousands of servo motors for attack UAVs)
- Hong Kong-based Hongkong Himark Electron Model Limited (Hongkong Himark);
- Turkish firms Dal Enerji Madencilik Turism Sanayi Ve Ticaret Anonim Sirketi (Dal Enerji) and Anka Port Ic Ve Dis Ticaret INSAAT Loistik Sanayi Limited Sirketi (Anka Port);
- UAE company Farhad Ghaedi Goods Wholesalers LLC and others.
Since September 2022, the United States has imposed nine rounds of sanctions against Iran's UAV program.
This month, the US imposed sanctions on seven individuals and four legal entities based in Iran, China, Russia, and Turkey. The network of companies helped Iran to supply parts for the production of drones and aircraft, as well as to provide the necessary financial transactions.
In addition, the United States is pressuring Iran to stop selling drones and spare parts to Russia, while Washington will refrain from imposing new sanctions in some areas and will not tighten the already imposed restrictions on oil sales. As an exception, restrictive measures will remain in place for human rights violations.
Meanwhile, Russia is planning to create 6,000 attack drones with the help of Iran to bomb Ukrainian cities.