A recent move by the US House of Representatives to pose new sanctions on Iran over buying passenger aircraft will not affect Iran’s previous deal to buy planes from Boeing, according to an Iranian official.
The deal is still in place and completely valid and will not be discarded with the new US move, Yadollah Aghaei Saem, public relations chief at Iran Airports and Air Navigation Company told Trend September 16.
The US House of Representatives have voted in favor of new measures that block sales of commercial aircraft to Iran, ignoring some lawmakers’ warnings that the hostile move would undermine the 2015 nuclear agreement between the Islamic Republic and the six world powers.
The lawmakers held a voice vote on Wednesday to adopt two amendments to the government’s 2018 spending bill put forward by Republican Representative Peter Roskam.
The new measures would specifically prevent the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) from clearing licenses to allow aircraft sales while also prohibit the use of funds to authorize the required financial transactions.
The measure drew criticism from some Democrats, with Representative Earl Blumenauer saying that they would "penalize American companies for no good" and endangers the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries— the US, the UK, France, Russia, China and Germany.