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“Won’t Hesitate To Use Sanctions”: US Over Iran Drones Over Kyiv Strikes

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The United States issued a warning on Monday that it will take action against corporations and governments collaborating with Iran’s drone program in response to Russia’s deployment of imported drones in deadly kamikaze attacks against Kiev.

“Anyone doing business with Iran that could have any link to UAVs, ballistic missile developments, or the flow of arms from Iran to Russia should be very careful and do their due diligence,” said Vedant Patel, a spokesman for the State Department, to reporters. “The US will not hesitate to use sanctions or take actions against perpetrators.”

“The entire world — particularly those in the area and around the globe, really — should be viewing Russia developing an alliance with Iran as a significant danger,” he added.

As the nation braces for winter, Ukrainian authorities said that the strikes in Kyiv claimed the lives of four people, a couple expecting a child, and cut off power in hundreds of towns and villages.

The drone attacks, according to Secretary of State Antony Blinken, demonstrated the need to give Ukraine “everything feasible” as its soldiers advance in their battle against Russian invaders in advance of winter.

At Stanford University in California, Mr. Blinken told reporters that the Russians are “attacking essential infrastructures like power plants, hospitals, and the things that people require in their everyday lives but are not military objectives.”

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When it comes to attacking people and civilian infrastructure, Mr. Blinken said, “It is an indication of growing desperation by Russia, but it’s also a sign of the lengths to which they would go and that we’ve seen again.”

According to Patel in Washington, the UN Security Council Resolution 2231, which approved the now-defunct 2015 nuclear agreement, was breached by Iran’s supply of drones, also known as uncrewed aerial vehicles.

We think that these UAVs, which Russia acquired from Iran and utilized against Ukraine, are among the weapons that would continue to be subject to the 2231 ban.

Despite efforts made at the United Nations by the administration of then-President Donald Trump, who pulled out of the nuclear agreement, the resolution’s restriction on Iranian shipments of conventional weapons expired in October 2020.

However, until October 2023, exports of ballistic missiles capable of carrying nuclear weapons are prohibited.

Patel said that some of the Iranian drones being delivered to Russia had malfunctioned, using previously made public US information.

The transfer, in his words, demonstrates the “enormous pressure” being applied to Russia, which the US claims have lost 6,000 pieces of weaponry since invading Ukraine.

He said Moscow was “honestly being compelled to turn to untrustworthy nations like Iran for supply and weapons.”

US officials have previously said that China has rejected demands for help while North Korea is looking to Russia, a historically significant weapons exporter.

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