Boeing gets okay to sell plane parts to Iran

2014-04-05 11:50
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Chicago - Boeing said on Friday that it had received US government approval to export certain spare parts for commercial airplanes to Iran.

A Boeing spokesperson said the parts were needed to ensure safe flight, but he declined to describe them further or put a dollar amount on them.

The spokesperson, Marc Birtel, said Boeing's last delivery to Iran was a 747-100 jumbo jet in August 1979 - three months before American hostages were seized at the US embassy in Tehran.

Birtel said Boeing got a licence from the US Treasury Department to export the spare parts under a temporary agreement that US secretary of state John Kerry reached with the Iranians late last year.

Officials at the Treasury Department, which oversees sanctions against Iran, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The US and other countries reached an interim agreement in which Iran agreed to halt progress on its nuclear programme in exchange for an easing of international sanctions that have squeezed its economy.

Iran got access to parts for civilian aircraft and cars, medical supplies and other goods, senior US officials said in January.

The deal would run six months while both sides negotiate a permanent agreement.

President Barack Obama has warned that if companies try to do business with Iran in violation of sanctions, the US would come down on them "like a ton of bricks".

- AP
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