Boeing's deal with Iran labeled 'reckless'

Tuesday, June 28, 2016
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Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

IranAir Boeing 747Critics of Boeing's new deal with Iran continue to air their concerns.

Boeing recently announced a $17.6-billion deal with Iran to sell commercial aircraft to state-owned Iran Air. The deal comes as the Obama administration is encouraging companies to do business with Iran following the international nuclear deal. While the White House sees the Boeing deal as good for business and trade, Diane Katz of The Heritage Foundation says Iran is still a major sponsor of terrorism.

"And it's problematic in giving them a new fleet of planes because we know that their current commercial planes are being ... commandeered by the military and that they've used them to move ... material around, including to other state sponsors of terror such as Syria," she says.

OneNewsNow asked if there's an agreement to use these planes purely for commercial purposes.

Katz

"Boeing is supposed to get permission ... that is, they're supposed to get a license in order to sell these planes to Iran," she explains, "and one of the conditions of that license is that these planes are going to be used commercially.

"But all that hinges on the word of Iran – and I don't think that I would take the word of Iran. Would you?"

OneNewsNow received the following comment from Boeing:

"Boeing confirms the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Iran Air expressing the airline's intent to purchase Boeing commercial passenger airplanes. Boeing negotiated the MOA under authorizations from the U.S. Government following a determination that Iran had met its obligations under the nuclear accord reached last summer. Boeing will continue to follow the lead of the U.S. Government with regards to working with Iran's airlines, and any and all contracts with Iran's airlines will be contingent upon U.S. Government approval."

According to The Associated Press, if the deal goes through the first Boeing plane could arrive in Iran in October. Katz says it's "a reckless piece of business" that Congress needs to address.

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