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Senate Foreign Affairs Committee approves Stop Iranian Drones Act

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Thursday approved the Stop Iranian Drones Act, which aims to prevent the Islamic Republic and terrorist groups and militias associated with it from obtaining lethal Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs).

The act is an amendment to the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), enacted in 2017, clarifying that CAATSA sanctions apply to combat UAVs as well as to conventional combat aircraft.

U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said in a statement that Iran’s “reckless” use and production of drones represents a “a significant threat to United Stations national security and that of our allies and partners.”

The amended legislation, the statement continued, makes clear that “supporting the supply, sale or transfer to or from Iran of UAVs, or providing other assistance related to UAVs, is sanctionable under U.S. law.”

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