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New US sanctions target Iran’s drone supply to Russia

The targets include eight senior executives of an Iran-based firm involved in the manufacture of drones used by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. 
People demonstrate outside the Iranian embassy in Ukraine on October 17, 2022 in Kyiv, after the city was hit by swarms of kamikaze drones sold by Iran to Russia, leaving at least three dead. (Photo by SERGEI CHUZAVKOV/AFP via Getty Images)

WASHINGTON — The US Treasury Department on Friday unveiled new sanctions targeting an Iranian drone manufacturer's board of directors, as part of the Biden administration's wider effort to choke off Iran’s supply of drones to Russia. 

The new designations include eight senior executives of Paravar Pars, an Iran-based firm that manufactures the Shahed-series drones used by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Aerospace Force. 

Paravar Pars was among four companies targeted with US sanctions in September for alleged involvement in Iran’s delivery of unmanned aerial vehicles to Russia. The Treasury said in a news release Friday that Paravar Pars played a key role in the research, development and manufacture of the Shahed-171 UAV. 

The Treasury also designated two Iranian navy vessels that US Special Envoy for Iran Rob Malley said were “steaming to the Western Hemisphere for a voyage purportedly to project Iranian military might in the region.”

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