US Ban on Aircraft Sales to Iran Violation of JCPOA: MP
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – A recent decision by the US House of Representatives to block the sales of commercial aircraft to Iran is a clear violation of the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers, a senior Iranian lawmaker said.
Chairman of the Iranian Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi said the sale of aircraft to Iran has been mentioned in both the text and appendices of the nuclear agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
Noting that the move needs to be also approved by the US Senate, the lawmaker stressed, nonetheless, that, “Other signatories to the JCPOA and the UN Security Council should protest against this measure by the US.”
He further called for serious reaction from Iran to the US breach of the nuclear deal and said, “I hope the commission tasked with monitoring the implementation of the JCPOA will take a serious decision in this regard.”
The US House of Representatives on Wednesday voted to block the sales of commercial aircraft to Iran.
Republican Congressman Peter Roskam said the US should refrain from selling the aircraft to Iran, claiming that commercial planes have been used by Iran to support Syria in its war against terrorists.
Roskam offered two amendments to a 2018 government spending package that would specifically prohibit the use of funds to authorize financial transactions for aircraft sales.
Iran’s national flag-carrier airline, Iran Air, has signed a deal with US plane-maker Boeing to buy 80 planes in the wake of the JCPOA.
Iran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany) reached the 159-page nuclear agreement in July 2015 and implemented it in January 2016.
Since the historic deal was signed in Vienna, the IAEA has repeatedly confirmed the Islamic Republic’s compliance with its commitments under the JCPOA, but some other parties, especially the US, have failed to live up to their undertakings.