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  • Writer's pictureOlga Nesterova

US Takes Sweeping Actions Against Iran Following Unprecedented Attack on Israel

Amir Cohen/REUTERS
Amir Cohen/REUTERS

In the wake of Iran's unprecedented attack on Israel, the United States has announced a series of comprehensive measures aimed at targeting key actors involved in Iran's unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) program, as well as entities linked to its steel and automobile industries. These actions mark a significant escalation in the ongoing tensions between the two nations and underscore the US commitment to addressing Iran's destabilizing activities in the region.

The Department of the Treasury has announced the imposition of sanctions on 16 individuals and two entities identified as facilitators of Iran's UAV production and testing capabilities. These individuals and entities have been found to be enabling Iran's proliferation of UAVs to actors affiliated with the IRGC, including the Kimia Part Sivan Company, a known UAV production arm.

Additionally, several Iranian manufacturers of UAVs and UAV engines have been targeted under these sanctions, further restricting their ability to operate within international markets.

Furthermore, the Treasury Department has sanctioned five companies providing component materials for steel production to Iran's Khuzestan Steel Company (KSC), a US-designated entity.

These sanctions extend to entities that either supply materials to KSC or purchase finished steel products from the company. By targeting Iran's steel sector, the US aims to disrupt revenue streams that may be used to fund Iran's malign activities in the region.

In a significant move, the Treasury Department has also targeted the Iranian automaker Bahman Group and three of its subsidiaries for their continued support of designated entities, including the IRGC and MODAFL. This action highlights the US commitment to holding accountable those entities that materially support Iran's destabilizing activities.

In addition to these measures, the Department of Commerce has announced new controls aimed at restricting Iran's access to critical technologies, such as basic commercial-grade microelectronics. These controls, which apply not only to US-manufactured items but also to products made outside the US using American technology, further limit Iran's ability to acquire advanced technological capabilities.

These actions come in response to Iran's involvement in supplying UAVs in support of Russia's illegal war in Ukraine, as well as its broader efforts to proliferate weapons and destabilize the Middle East and beyond.

By employing a range of tools, including executive orders such as E.O. 13382, E.O. 13871, and E.O. 13224, the US seeks to disrupt the networks that sustain Iran's reckless proliferation of weapons and undermine regional stability.

As tensions between the US and Iran continue to simmer, these latest measures underscore the determination of the US government to counter Iran's aggressive behavior and protect the interests of its allies in the region. Moving forward, the US remains committed to working closely with its partners to address the multifaceted challenges posed by Iran's actions and to promote peace and stability in the Middle East.


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