The story: Iran's supreme leader has praised the country's drone and missile production capability amid increasing reports of Iranian unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) being used by Russia in its war against Ukraine. While Tehran says no arms have been sold for use in the Russia-Ukraine conflict, reports increasingly surface of Iranian trainers instructing Russian forces.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's remarks also come as Ukraine, the US and its allies push for the Islamic Republic's reported arms transfers to Russia to be recorded as a violation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2231, which endorses the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. If UN sanctions lifted under the nuclear accord are re-imposed on Iran, it could trigger further escalation with the west.
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