The U.S. sanctioned six individuals and entities that, according to the Treasury Department, “provided critical support to the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) programs of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and its expeditionary unit”. The statement went on to assert that the IRGC’s Quds Force had “used and proliferated lethal UAVs for use by Iran-supported groups, including Hizbollah, Hamas, Kataeb Hizbollah and the Huthis, and to Ethiopia... Lethal UAVs have also been used in attacks on international shipping and on U.S. forces”. In response to the announcement, Iran’s foreign ministry spokesperson asserted that “the imposition of new sanctions exposes the quite contradictory behaviour of the White House”, and represented “continuation of the Trump administration’s failed ‘maximum pressure’ policy”.
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