London: According to the Wall Street Journal, the Biden administration plans to impose sanctions on Iran’s growing precision drone and missile strike capabilities.
Officials worry that compared to Iran’s nuclear enrichment and ballistic missile programs, Iran’s missile and drone programs — fully administered by the Islamic Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) — pose a more direct threat to U.S. allies and the stability of the nation. Middle East.
While some elements of Iran’s missile program have already been sanctioned, the new measures will cast a wider net by targeting its procurement networks, such as part-providers.
“It’s part of a comprehensive approach so we’re dealing with all aspects of the Iranian threat,” a senior U.S. official told the Wall Street Journal.
The new measures come as US forces and allies in Iraq and elsewhere in the Middle East have increasingly found themselves on the receiving end of drone and missile attacks by Tehran’s IRGC-aligned regional proxies.
“Iran’s drones are becoming an increasing threat to our allies in the region,” said another U.S. official.
The planned sanctions come at a time when the Biden administration is considering strengthening the implementation of existing sanctions against Iran’s oil industry and at a time when ongoing nuclear negotiations in Vienna have stalled.
If Iran returns to the terms of the 2015 agreement, Biden has proposed a sanctions reduction, the agreement to curb Iran’s nascent nuclear program in exchange for sanctions easing.
However, the issue of Iran’s subatomic weapons, including ballistic missiles, missiles and drones, has increasingly become the subject of debate between the two rivals.
Iran’s pursuit of far-reaching, more accurate and more powerful missiles has brought it a string of US sanctions, and the Biden administration has made it clear that these sanctions are not within the scope of the ongoing nuclear negotiations.
Tehran stated that it will only return to the 2015 agreement if all sanctions on its missile programs are lifted, as well as the US and other countries’ terrorism charges against the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.
The US Treasury Department, which is responsible for imposing sanctions, has imposed several restrictive measures on the Iranian-backed terrorist organization Houthi in Yemen. The Houthis have used Iranian weapons to wage an ongoing war against the Yemeni government, recognized by the United Nations, and target Saudi Arabia and other countries in the region.
In 2019, drones were used to attack a major oil refinery in Saudi Arabia, severely damaging the facility and disrupting the global oil market.
In recent months, Iranian agents in Yemen have used Iranian equipment, including large and small drones, ballistic missiles and precision missiles. Saudi Arabia alone has suffered more than 100 attacks.
Facts have proven that Iran’s growing domestic weapons and drone production bases are helpful in supplying its agents, and the new sanctions will aim to destroy elements of industries that rely on illegal imports from abroad.
Robert Czulda, an assistant professor specializing in Iran at Poland’s University of Lodz, told the Wall Street Journal that the sanctions “would notably disrupt Iran’s defense supply chain.”