Amid stalled nuclear negotiations with Iran, the United States plans to impose sanctions aimed at Tehran’s expanding capability in deploying precision drones and guided missiles, The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.
The report says that Western officials are more concerned about the immediate danger in the region from those capabilities than from Iran’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs. The plan appears to be to sanction those companies that supply critical parts for Iran’s precision weapons.
Iranian military officials have been boasting of the growing precision capability of their weapons in recent months. It appears they have transferred some of the capability to their allies and proxies in the region.
Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei told visiting Hamas representatives in June following the Gaza war that “Not long ago, Palestinians fought with rocks, but today they are armed with precision missiles instead, and that means advancement.”
Iranian technology has also been used extensively by Yemen’s Houthis to target Saudi Arabia with drones and missiles.
The new sanctions campaign coincides with other signals from the Biden Administration of a tougher approach toward Tehran which is relentlessly advancing its uranium enrichment program.