Because of US scrutiny of its drone program, a Taiwan company has stopped doing business with Iran.

A technology firm in Taiwan has suspended operations in Iran while it checks whether it violated international sanctions, as the United States increases scrutiny of Iran’s military and weapons production in light of the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

After concerns were raised by the non-profit group United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI), ATEN International immediately stopped accepting orders from Iran and exporting their products to the country, The Hill has learned.

Iran’s drone program has been targeted by numerous US sanctions, mainly because Iran supplies Russia with drones to use in its war against Ukraine. National Security Spokesperson John Kirby said that because of this, it is clear that Iran has directly supported Russia’s efforts to kill Ukrainians.

Despite sanctions imposed on Iran by the US, Europe, and other allies, Tehran appears to be acquiring the materials needed for its drone program, as noted by UANI and ATEN.

A UANI spokesperson said that as part of its activities, UANI, a non-profit and nonpartisan policy organization, counsels and cautions international businesses about the legal, financial, and reputational risks of working in Iran.

An ATEN spokesperson said that the company is investigating recent reports from Israel’s Hebrew media that appear to show an ATEN logo in a YouTube video that shows Iranian military personnel testing a drone. The letter was sent to ATEN prior to the report’s release.
According to the complaint, ATEN’s products, including its “Keyboard-Video-Mouse” computer terminal, were acquired by Iranian IT company Raymond Computers, which appears to be in business with Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). This may violate US sanctions.

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ATEN says that while investigating how and why their KVM (Keyboard-Video-Mouse) items were used in Iran, they will immediately halt accepting orders from Iran or exporting products to Iran to express their deep concern about the situation, as reported by The Hill.