Report: Iran-Sanctions Pause Not Enough to Allow for Aircraft Deal

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April 9, 2014, 10:30 a.m.

Ir­an was un­able to ob­tain air­craft-sup­port ser­vices al­lowed by an in­ter­im atom­ic deal, throw­ing new un­cer­tainty on pro­spects for a longer-term pact, al-Mon­it­or re­ports.

A large in­ter­na­tion­al firm said it would not provide re­pairs sought by the Middle East­ern na­tion be­cause the or­gan­iz­a­tion could not wrap up the work by late Ju­ly, when the short-term nuc­le­ar deal is set to lapse, an un­named Ir­a­ni­an gov­ern­ment in­sider told the pub­lic­a­tion for a Tues­day re­port. The Novem­ber agree­ment im­poses tem­por­ary curbs on Tehran’s weapon-rel­ev­ant atom­ic activ­it­ies in re­turn for sanc­tions re­lief from six oth­er gov­ern­ments.

The failed air­craft bid fol­lowed oth­er cases in which Ir­an re­portedly could not carry out busi­ness au­thor­ized by the six-month agree­ment. Ac­cord­ing to al-Mon­it­or, such de­vel­op­ments might either en­cour­age or dampen Tehran’s ef­forts to pur­sue longer-term sanc­tions curbs un­der a po­ten­tial suc­cessor ac­cord.

Su­z­anne Malo­ney, a Brook­ings In­sti­tu­tion spe­cial­ist on Ir­an, said Tehran’s dif­fi­culties in ob­tain­ing the prom­ised eco­nom­ic in­cent­ives might lead to “even great­er [Ir­a­ni­an] trep­id­a­tion about re­ly­ing on sanc­tions re­lief that is based on waiver au­thor­ity” wiel­ded by U.S. pres­id­ents. She ad­ded that the “heavy lift in sanc­tions re­lax­a­tion will prob­ably come from Europe” un­der any longer-term nuc­le­ar deal.

An Ir­a­ni­an air­line head traveled to Vi­enna this week to con­fer with the six oth­er na­tions in­volved in talks over a long-term nuc­le­ar pact, the state-run Fars News Agency re­por­ted on Tues­day. Ir­an Air Man­aging Dir­ect­or Far­had Par­varesh’s made the trip as the six powers were re­portedly con­sid­er­ing wheth­er to elim­in­ate pen­al­ties that have been in place against Ir­an’s air trans­port­a­tion in­dustry since the 1970s.

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