U.S. plans to impose sanctions on Iran related to drones and missiles

WASHINGTON, D.C. / TEHRAN — The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday that the U.S. is planning to impose sanctions on Iran related to the use of drones and guided missiles.

The sanctions will target Iranian procurement networks, such as suppliers of parts used to build drones and guided missiles. Iranian drones have become an increasing threat to the U.S.’s allies in the region, according to the report.

The Wall Street Journal said that the sanctions constitute a diplomatic solution for the U.S. to continued Iranian attacks on U.S. military and diplomatic staff in Iraq and Syria, instead of carrying out military strikes on missile and drone factories.

The newspaper, quoting U.S. officials, added that the Biden Administration is seeking to avoid a military escalation with Iran and its proxies in Yemen, Syria, and Iraq.