America restricts exports to Iranian companies to produce drones for Russia

WASHINGTON, Jan 31 (Reuters) – The United States imposed new trade restrictions on seven Iranian companies on Tuesday over the production of drones used by Russia to attack Ukraine, the U.S. Commerce Department said.

These companies and other organizations were added to the US export control list for those engaged in activities contrary to US national security and foreign policy interests.

The additions to the Commerce Department’s “Inventory List” were posted in an initial filing in the US Federal Register, the government’s daily journal, and will be officially published on Wednesday.

Since Russia launched its war against Ukraine in February 2022, the United States and more than 30 other countries have sought to erode its military and defense industrial base by using export controls to limit the country’s access to technology.

Iranian companies designing and manufacturing aircraft engines, Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Aerospace Force, IRGC Research and Self-Sufficiency Jihad Organization, Ujah Farazah Madou Nefer Company, Paravar Pars Company, Quds Aviation Industry and Aviation Industries are Shahid.

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Any supplier to entities is required to have a license to carry goods and technology, but these licenses are expected to be waived, except for food and medicine. Permits are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Iran’s representative at the United Nations in New York said: Sanctions have no effect on Iran’s drone production capacity because the country’s drones are all produced domestically. It belongs to Iran.”

In January, Canada announced it would buy a US-made National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System (NASAMS) for Ukraine. NASAMS is a short- to medium-range ground-based air defense system that protects against UAV, missile, and aircraft attacks. The US has provided two NASAMS to Ukraine and more are on the way.

Other ground-based air defense systems, such as Raytheon Technology Corp’s ( RTX.N ) Patriot, have been pledged by Britain, the United States and the Netherlands as allies hope to prevent further power disruptions.

Reporting by Karen Frifeld in New York and Mike Stone in Washington. Additional reporting by Michelle Nicholls at the United Nations. Edited by Paul Simao and Howard Goller

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