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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