U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Office of the Spokesperson
For Immediate Release
STATEMENT BY SECRETARY ANTONY J. BLINKEN
April 20, 2023
United States Imposes Sanctions on Iranian Military Procurement Network
The United States remains firmly committed to taking action to disrupt Iran’s military programs and its procurement networks. We are designating elements of an Iran’s procurement network – one individual and six entities. These elements, based in Iran, the People’s Republic of China (PRC), and Malaysia, have supported procurement activities of the U.S.-sanctioned Iranian company Pardazan System Namad Arman (PASNA), which is linked to Iran’s Ministry of Defense and Armed Forces Logistics. This network has enabled PASNA to procure electronic components, including components for use in unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), from foreign suppliers primarily based in the PRC. Iran’s proliferation of weapons destabilizes the Middle East and beyond, and we will continue to work with allies and partners to counter such activity.
These actions are pursuant to Executive Order 13382, which targets proliferators of weapons of mass destruction and their means of delivery. For more information on today’s action, please see the Department of Treasury press release.