Back in 2016, under the Obama Regime, US aerospace giant Boeing and Iran’s state-owned carrier, Iran Air, confirmed a tentative deal for the sale of passenger aircraft that could be worth as much as $25 billion. Barack Hussein Obama’s nuclear agreement with Iran paved the way for Boeing to ink a deal with Iran’s state-controlled airline, Iran Air, which is known for being used in military/terror-linked operations.
Samaa The agreement, subject to US government approval, would be the largest between a US business and Iran since the 1979 Islamic revolution. “Boeing confirms the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Iran Air expressing the airline’s intent to purchase Boeing commercial passenger airplanes,” the Chicago-based company said in an email to AFP.
Boeing pointed out that it had negotiated the MOA under authorizations from the US government following a conclusion that Iran had met its obligations under the nuclear accord reached almost a year ago.
“Boeing will continue to follow the lead of the US government with regards to working with Iran’s airlines, and any and all contracts with Iran’s airlines will be contingent upon US government approval,” the US aircraft maker said.
The Obama Regime knew that Iran was shipping militants on commercial aircraft, but promoted sales for them with American companies anyway.
That was then, this is now:
FreeBeacon The Trump administration’s recent decision to increase economic pressure on Iran and rework the nuclear agreement has prompted a shift in thinking on the Boeing sales, which require special licenses from the Treasury Department to move forward, according to U.S. officials and those in Congress who are familiar with the shift in thinking on the issue.
The Trump administration is said to be viewing the sales with an increasingly critical eye and is moving, at this point, toward killing the sales, according to these sources, who pointed to concerns over Iran Air’s use of commercial airplanes for terrorism purposes.
While the sale could create new American jobs, U.S. officials and others told the Free Beacon the administration and Congress will not permit any business deal that enables Iran’s military efforts and pursuit of regional dominance.
The Free Beacon first disclosed in August that Congress has been investigating new evidence that Iran Air has been ferrying militants to Syria and other regional hotspots in violation of international laws. It is likely that the Obama administration withheld information about this behavior in order to help promote the nuclear agreement.
There is mounting concern in the Trump administration and Congress that Iran would use a fleet of new Boeing planes to boost its regional intervention in hotspots such as Syria, where Iranian-backed militants have repeatedly attacked American coalition forces.
While a final decision has not yet been made on whether to kill the deal, top officials have been critical of the Boeing agreement and do not view it as in the United States’ national security interests.
“This is a careful consensus, ongoing process,” according to one source familiar with administration deliberations on the issue. “They’re adding up everything in all the columns. “But I wouldn’t count on the Trump to administration to easily allow any company, let alone an American company, to fuel Iran’s war machine. Their priority is the opposite,” the source said.
Congressional leaders who have opposed the nuclear agreement, as well as Boeing’s efforts to sell Iran a new fleet, told the Free Beacon that the administration’s new stance on Iran cannot be effective if it fails to kill the airline sales.
“Iran Air is the terror-supporting transport-arm of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). It would be foolish to allow Iran Air to buy hundreds of jets from Western companies the carrier can use to continue shipping jihadis and arms to the Assad regime and terror proxies,” Rep. Peter Roskam (R., Ill.), a vocal opponent of the deal, said. “To have a truly effective and coherent Iran policy, we need to clamp down on every single entity that supports the IRGC, including Iran Air. There should be no exceptions.”
“By targeting a core Iranian weapons transport method, the U.S. can proactively weaken Iran’s future ability to send weapons and militiamen from Iran to Syria to fight for Bashar al-Assad and Hezbollah.”
“The administration is right to reconsider the failing nuclear agreement with Iran,” the source said. “Any deal that is unable to verifiably and permanently prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons should be terminated.” Rep. Sean Duffy (R., Wis.) told the Free Beacon that any Trump administration bid to nix the deal would be backed by congressional opponents of Iran’s terror activities.
“The Trump administration has done a tremendous job of reasserting American leadership in the world by standing up to thuggish regimes after eight years of retreat,” Duffy said. “President Trump should continue to put America First and prevent Boeing sales from going to the world’s leading state-sponsor of terror, Iran.”