US offers advice to private sector to curb Iranian drone production

The US government on June 9 issued guidelines for the private sector on legal obligations and internal controls aimed at curbing Iran’s UAV-related activities.

Joint guidance from the U.S. Department of State, Department of Commerce, Department of Justice, and Department of Treasury covers due diligence policies and compliance structures. It details the main products used in UAV production, explaining export controls and sanctions applicable to private entities supplying components to Iran.

Iran has transferred hundreds of Shahed and Mohajer series drones to Russia since August 2022, which have been used in frequent attacks on Ukrainian civilians and infrastructure.

“Well, we want to make sure that private entities, certainly tech companies, understand the risks of their products potentially ending up in Iranian hands to be used to make Iranian drones in this case that can be used to kill innocent Ukrainians,” National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said of the advice in a comment to Voice of America.

The notice comes as Iran is helping Russia build a drone factory by sending equipment to Moscow on June 9.

White House: Iran helps Moscow build a drone factory in Russia

Iran is supplying Moscow with materials to build a drone factory in Russia, the White House revealed on June 9. These efforts are aimed at providing a steady supply of weapons for Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine.

Kyiv IndependentMartin Fornusek

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