US House panel approves bill to ban Iran’s military drones amid Vienna talks

US House panel approves bill to ban Iran’s military drones amid Vienna talks

A US House panel has approved a bill to restrict the proliferation of Iran’s military drone in the midst of negotiations over the removal of anti-Tehran sanctions in the Austrian capital of Vienna.

In a statement on Friday, Gregory W. Meeks, head of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, announced the passage of the Stop Iranian Drones Act (SIDA), which would impose a ban on the supply, sale or transfer of military drones to or from Iran under US law, by its members.

The SIDA bill, proposed earlier in the week by a group of Republican and Democratic lawmakers in the US House of Representatives, addressed what it claimed to be the growing threat of Iran’s unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) program.

In the statement, Meeks accused Iran of conducting “drone attacks in the Middle East,” and said, “Such activity will not be tolerated by the US Congress and is actively being addressed by…

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