Iran criticises US for blocking sales of passenger aircraft

Tehran, July 9 (IANS) Iran’s Foreign Ministry has criticised the US House of Representatives for blocking the sale of Boeing passenger aircraft to Tehran, the media reported.

Washington should be committed to its obligations under the nuclear agreement which endorses the removal of sanctions, including allowing the sale of passenger aircraft to Iran, Xinhua news agency quoted Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qasemi as saying.

“What is important to Iran is the other side’s commitment to its obligations,” Qasemi said, adding that Tehran “regards the US government responsible for Washington’s fulfilment of its nuclear commitments”.

The US government should remove all the obstacles on the way of implementing the nuclear deal known as JCOPA, he added.

The US House of Representatives voted on Thursday to bar Boeing from selling passenger planes to Iran.

It was announced in Tehran on June 19 that Iran had reached an agreement with Boeing to purchase 100 passenger planes, valued about $17 billion, to upgrade the country’s aging fleet.

The nuclear deal, reached between Iran and world powers on July 14, 2015, was implemented in January. The deal makes Iran scrap major part of its nuclear programme in return for the removal of Western and international sanctions.

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