“The US administration has undertaken to implement the (2015) nuclear deal precisely and is required to facilitate the sales of civilian airplanes to Iran,” Qassemi told reporters in his weekly press conference in Tehran on Monday.
He once again cautioned that any US effort to trouble or impede the sales of passenger planes to Iran would amount to the violation of the nuclear deal.
His remarks came after the sales chief of European planemaker, Airbus, predicted Iran would take delivery of dozens of European jets it has ordered under a nuclear deal with major powers, but warned the transactions could take longer to complete than planned.
US President Donald Trump, who has strongly criticized the 2015 deal to lift a raft of sanctions in return for restrictions on Iran’s nuclear activities, urged European allies on Friday to help fix “disastrous flaws” in the pact or face a US exit.
European planemaker Airbus and its US rival Boeing have agreed to sell a combined total of 180 jets to renew the aging fleet of state carrier IranAir, but depend on US support for the deal because of the number of US parts in all their jets.
“I think those deals will get fulfilled, maybe not on the original schedule,” Airbus sales chief John Leahy told Reuters in an interview, referring to the company’s agreement to sell 100 planes to IranAir.
“We have to arrange financing; they have to understand about making pre-delivery payments,” he added.
So far IranAir has taken delivery of three Airbus jets and a handful of turboprops built by its Franco-Italian affiliate ATR.
Bankers say further business with Iran has been held up by the reluctance of Western financial institutions to deal with Tehran because of concerns that the nuclear deal could unravel or that they could fall foul of ongoing US financial controls.
H/t reader eric:
“And why not?
The U.S. has screwed up with false accusations of non compliance with the Nuke deal with Iran, BUT, they give Iran a perfect excuse to walk away.
Deliberate set up? More than likely seeing as who controls the US foreign policy.”
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