Iran says to sue Boeing for cancellation of aircraft order

Iran will sue the U.S. plane-maker Boeing at international tribunals for the latter’s cancellation of an Iranian order for 80 aircraft, a senior lawmaker said Friday.

“The Islamic Republic will seriously sue the cancellation of the Boeing agreement through international, legal and judicial tribunals,” senior Iranian lawmaker Taqi Kabiri was quoted by Press TV as saying.

“From the very beginning, we should have got a strong guarantee from the aircraft manufacturer so that they would not be able to easily violate their contracts,” Kabiri said.

Nevertheless, “such actions will have no effect on our determination and they (the U.S.) cannot harm us in this way,” he added.

On Wednesday, Boeing announced that it would not fulfill a December 2016 contract to sell 80 aircraft to Iran’s national flag carrier IranAir.

“We have not delivered any aircraft to Iran, and given we no longer have a license to sell to Iran at this time, we will not be delivering any aircraft,” a Boeing spokesman said Wednesday.

The U.S. Treasury said in May licenses held by Boeing and Airbus to sell passenger jets to Iran would be revoked after Washington announced its withdrawal from the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal.

The situation around the Joint Comprehensive Action Plan (JCAP) on Iran’s nuclear program escalated after May 8, when the U.S. President Donald Trump announced that Washington would withdraw from the Agreement with Iran on its nuclear program, made by the “six” of international mediators including Russia, the U.S., Britain, China, France and Germany in 2015. Mr. Trump also said that the restoration of all sanctions, action has been suspended as a result of the deal reached. The remaining members of the “six” international mediators opposed this step of the United States. Washington’s European partners have declared that they intend to continue to respect the terms of the deal with Iran.

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