WASHINGTON OVERLOOKING IRAN’S SANCTIONS IS ODD POSITION, AFTER PROVING IRAN’S TERRORIST AGENDA. WASHINGTON’S ALLOWING COMPANIES TO COOPERATE WITH IRAN
Iran Air finalized a major deal with U.S. plane maker Boeing Co. to buy $16.6 billion worth of planes Sunday in one of the most tangible benefits yet for the Islamic Republic from last year’s landmark nuclear agreement.
Iran Air’s deal for 80 jetliners is the biggest agreement Iran has struck with an American company since the 1979 revolution and U.S. Embassy takeover.
IS IT FORGOTEN THE LOSS OF EIGHT AMERICAN LIVES ?!
The deal covers 50 single-aisle 737 Max 8s, a soon-to-be-introduced version of Boeing’s existing narrow-body 737 line. Iranian Transport Minister Abbas Akhoundi, who attended the signing ceremony, said it was a “historic” day for Iranian aviation and that the deal would create 8,000 jobs for Iranians.
DOES THIS MEAN SAFER WAY FOR ILLEGAL TRANSPORT ON ARMS AND FIGHTERS, KNOWING THE OPERATING SCHEME OF IRAN AIR…(read full article )
It also includes 30 777s, a wide-body, twin-engine plane typically used on long-haul routes that is popular with other Persian Gulf carriers such as Dubai-based Emirates. Half of the order will cover the 777-300ER version, while the rest will be of the 777-9 model still under development. In September, Washington granted permission to Boeing and Toulouse, France-based Airbus to sell billions of dollars’ worth of aircraft to Iran. Airbus needed U.S. approval because at least 10 percent of its planes’ components are of American origin
The Republican-led House of Representatives last month voted to bar commercial aircraft sales to Iran in a move that could block the Boeing deal. That legislation must still pass the Senate, where it will likely face opposition from Democrats. U.S. President Barack Obama has said he will veto the bill if it reaches his desk before he leaves office on Jan. 20. The plane maker said the deal value was based on list prices, though in practice customers typically negotiate discounts for bulk orders.
NOW THE TRANSFER OF ILLEGAL WEAPONS AND FIGHTERS IS ON DISCOUNT !
With the incoming administration of US president-elect Donald Trump expected to take a tough line on Iran and American lawmakers recently voting for renewed sanctions, Boeing emphasized the employment opportunities of the deal.
Many US lawmakers have opposed the deal, accusing Iran Air of helping to transport troops and weapons to conflict zones around the region. (read full article)
- Following initial agreements earlier in the year, the Boeing and Airbus deals were given final approval by the US government in September.
- Washington lifted some of its sanctions on Iran under a nuclear deal that came into force in January, but many restrictions have remained in place that mean companies trading with Tehran must receive explicit approval from the US Treasury. (If it’s not OK for all, how come it’s OK for some?)
- That includes European firms like Airbus who manufacture some of their parts in the United States.
- Iranian leaders have reacted angrily to news that Washington will renew its existing sanctions in the coming days, saying it is a breach of the deal, while Trump has vowed to rip up the accord entirely.
- Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has faced a barrage of criticism at home after the deal failed to attract the level of foreign investment he promised — mostly because global banks remain wary of doing business with the country.
- The supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has questioned the focus on purchasing billion-dollar fleets of aircraft:
“Suppose we modernize our air fleet. Okay, it’s a very important and necessary move. But is it the priority?” Khamenei said in June.