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» 04/05/2014
IRAN - USA
For the first time since the Islamic revolution, Boeing reopens exports to Iran
The U.S. Treasury Department licenses the aircraft manufacturer to sell individual components to Tehran. The national airline still uses aircraft dating to before the rise to power of Khomeini.

Tehran (AsiaNews / Agencies) - Boeing, the giant U.S. aircraft manufacturer, will sell Iran some components, possibly replacing the damaged and obsolete aircraft parts of the national airline . This was announced today a company spokesman, after the U.S. Treasury Department granted the company a license to export. Boeing has had no relations with Tehran since the Khomeini revolution in 1979.

The gesture is seen as part of the agreement signed on 24 November 2013, by the U.S., Russia, China, France, Britain, Germany and Iran, which provides for an easing of sanctions on Tehran in exchange for a freeze on uranium enrichment and a greater UN control of the nuclear sites.

The national airline Iran Air still uses planes bought before the crisis of 1979, when Iran held 52 Americans hostage for 444 days. For a long time the country has objected to the sanctions relating to the renewal of its fleet of aircraft, explaining that they only made the aircraft more dangerous.

Over the past 25 years there have been more than 200 incidents with Iranian planes, which has cost the lives of over 2 thousand people.

Boeing said that the license covers only the components necessary to secure the current flight operations with the aircraft sold before the revolution of 1979. For the moment, there is no agreement for the sale of new vehicles, but if the deal is confirmed it is possible that Iran could ask for hundreds of new aircraft.


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