EU Slaps Sanctions on Iran Over Drone Exports

New measures target high-ranking officials and Revolutionary Guards

The European Union has imposed fresh sanctions on , targeting high-ranking officials and members of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) for supplying drones to and its allies. The New Arab reports that the move has drawn criticism from Iran, which described the sanctions as “regrettable” and based on “repeated, absurd, and baseless excuses and accusations.”

The new EU sanctions target:

  • Mohammad Reza Ashtiani, Iran's Defence Minister
  • Esmail Qaani, commander of the IRGC's Quds Force
  • An armed forces command centre
  • The head of a state aviation firm
  • Kavan Electronics Behrad company

Under the sanctions, EU citizens and companies are prohibited from engaging in business with the listed individuals and organizations. The and its allies, including , have accused Iran of providing drones to groups such as Hezbollah in Lebanon and the Houthi rebels in Yemen. Additionally, Kyiv and its Western allies allege that Iran has supplied Russia with drones for use in the ongoing conflict, a claim that Iran denies.

In response to the EU's decision, Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Nasser Kanani stated, “The European Union… once again resorted to the obsolete and ineffective tool of sanctions against the powerful Iran.”

DroneXL's Take

The EU's decision to impose sanctions on Iran over its drone exports highlights the growing concern over the proliferation of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in conflict zones. As continues to advance and become more accessible, it is crucial for the international community to address the potential risks associated with the unchecked spread of these systems.

While sanctions may serve as a deterrent, it is essential to engage in diplomatic efforts to promote responsible use and export of drone technology. By fostering dialogue and establishing clear guidelines, the international community can work towards mitigating the negative impacts of drones in conflicts while still harnessing their potential for peaceful applications, such as humanitarian aid delivery and environmental monitoring.

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Haye Kesteloo
Haye Kesteloo

Haye Kesteloo is the Editor in Chief and Founder of, where he covers all drone-related news, DJI rumors and writes drone reviews, and, for all news related to electric vehicles. He is also a co-host of the PiXL Drone Show on YouTube and other podcast platforms. Haye can be reached at haye @ or @hayekesteloo.

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