Iranian drone presented during the annual military parade in Tehran, Iran
Iranian drone presented during the annual military parade in Tehran, IranReuters/Majid Asgaripour/WANA

The United States on Thursday issued new sanctions on Iran, targeting Iranian drones, including their use by Russia in the war in Ukraine, Reuters reported.

The US Treasury Department in a statement said the action, taken in coordination with the United Kingdom and Canada, targets over one dozen entities, individuals and vessels it accused of playing a key role in facilitating and financing the clandestine sale of Iranian unmanned aerial vehicles to Iran's Ministry of Defense and Armed Forces Logistics (MODAFL).

MODAFL in turn supports Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) and Russia's war in Ukraine, the Treasury said.

“Iran’s Ministry of Defense continues to destabilize the region and world with its support to Russia’s war in Ukraine, unprecedented attack on Israel, and proliferation of UAVs and other dangerous military hardware to terrorist proxies,” Treasury's Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, Brian Nelson, said, as quoted by Reuters.

Washington also targeted two companies and a vessel involved in the shipment of Iranian commodities, the Treasury said.

“The United States, in close coordination with our British and Canadian partners, will continue to use all means available to combat those who would finance Iran’s destabilizing activities," Nelson said.

The Treasury said it targeted Sahara Thunder, accusing it of being a main front company that oversees MODAFL's commercial activities in support of the IRGC and Russia's war in Ukraine.

It said the company plays a key role in Iran's design, development, manufacture and sale of thousands of drones, many of them ultimately transferred to Russia for use against Ukraine.

An Iran-based company involved in the procurement and development of unmanned aerial vehicles, its leadership and an Iranian cargo airline were also among those hit with sanctions, according to Reuters.

Last week, in response to Iran’s unprecedented attack on Israel, the US Treasury announced sanctions against several actors involved in Iran’s UAV program, suppliers and customers of one of Iran’s largest steel producers, and Iranian automobile companies with connections to the IRGC and MODAFL.

The US and UK also announced sanctions on seven individuals and six entities who have enabled Iran to conduct destabilizing regional activity, including the recent direct attack on Israel.