The US and UK imposed sanctions on individuals and organizations involved in Iran’s UAV program in response to the country’s attack on Israel last weekend.

Washington imposed sanctions on “16 individuals and two entities that supported Iran’s production of UAVs, including the engine used in the Shahed variant used in the April 13 attack,” the US Treasury Department said. Today. Washington also targeted five companies in several regions for supplying raw materials or purchasing finished products from Iran’s largest steel company KSC.

On the night of April 13, Iran launched more than 300 UAVs, ballistic missiles and cruise missiles at many targets in Israel in response to the airstrike on the Iranian consulate in Syria on April 1. Most of Iran’s weapons were shot down by Israel and its allies, including the US and UK. Israel did not suffer any significant damage and vowed to retaliate.

“We are holding Iran responsible by imposing more sanctions and export controls,” US President Joe Biden said. “As discussed with G7 leaders on the morning of April 14, we are committed to working together to increase economic pressure on Iran. Our allies and partners will also impose additional sanctions to limit its programs.” Iran’s destabilizing military program”.

The British Ministry of Finance on the same day announced sanctions “targeting a number of military organizations, individuals and entities related to Iran’s UAV and ballistic missile industry”, including the country’s defense minister.

The move took place after finance ministers and central bank governors of the G7 group, including the US, UK, France, Japan, Germany, Italy, and Canada, met in Washington on April 17 to discuss a series of issues, including sanctions on Iran and the war between Russia and Ukraine.

The G7 issued a joint statement condemning Iran’s attack on Israel, pledging to coordinate sanctions “to reduce Iran’s ability to buy, produce, and transfer weapons with the goal of destabilizing the region.” On April 17, European Union leaders also agreed to increase sanctions on the Middle Eastern country.