Dec 17, 2017, 9:03 AM
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US after freezing Iran’s plane payments: Official

Tehran, Dec 17, IRNA – Deputy Minister of Road and Urban Development for International Affairs Asghar Fakhrieh-Kashan said on Saturday that US Congress’ latest ratification on monitoring deals to sell planes to Iran is aimed at frightening financial institutes from doing business and tracking or freezing Iran’s payments for buying planes.

According to a congressional ligislation, he said, the US government should first announce its financial operations on sales of planes to Iran to the Congress. Therefore, the issue of banning sales of planes is not on the agenda.

The US House of Representatives approved a bill with 252 votes for and 167 against, by which any sales of US-made planes to Iran and its funding should be done under the close watch of Congress. The title of the enactment is Strengthening Oversight of Iran’s Access to Finance Act, the H.R. 4324, he said.

If the enactment is passed into law, it could impact the sale of Boeing and Airbus aircrafts to Iran, a flagrant violation of the 2015 nuclear deal, officially known as JCPOA, as one of the clearest clauses of the deal is devoted to sales of planes to Iran.

It stipulates that the US government would issue licenses of selling planes to Iran. Not only planes but also fragments, after-sales service and relevant technologies should be sold to Iran. Therefore, JCPOA speaks about plane so explicitly that any decision by the US administration will put it in the breach of JCPOA, he said.

If passed in the Senate, the legislation would become law and irrevocable, granting Iran a right for filing a complaint with the Joint Commission of 5+1 Group against the US, Fakhrieh-Kashani said.

“In case of any problem or ban of sales, we will take back the money we paid already to Boeing and Airbus,” he said.

Boeing and Airbus cannot take a decision on banning sales of planes, but in case of blocking the sales, Europeans will certainly take due measures and the US administration cannot violate one of the clauses of the law unilaterally, he said.

Iran Air Company has signed an agreement with US-based Boeing Company to buy 80 planes. Meanwhile, Iran Air concluded another deal with Airbus to purchase 100 planes, three of which have been delivered.

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