US sanctions 3 Iranian airlines cargo planes over Russia link

The US Department of Commerce announced on Monday that it has blacklisted three Boeing 747 aircraft belonging to Iranian airlines that provide cargo services to Russia.

The United States continues its futile sanctions against Iranian interests.

The US Commerce Department on Monday said it will add 3 Boeing 747 airplanes operated by Iranian airlines providing cargo services to Russia to a list of planes believed to violate US export controls as part of the Biden administration's sanctions on Russia over Ukraine sanctions, Reuters reported.

The three identified planes are operated by Mahan Air, Qeshm Fars Air, and Iran Air while flying and transporting goods, including electronic items, to Russia in apparent violation of the Commerce Department's stringent export controls on Russia. These are the first three Iranian airplanes identified.

According to the US Department of Commerce, there are now a total of 183 aircraft identified on the list for apparent violations of US export controls.

The three Iranian airlines identified today are already subject to a variety of restrictions by the US government, the report added.

The sanctions come as the US and its western allies try to blame Iran for the lack of an agreement in the Vienna talks to revive the 2015 nuclear deal.

Tehran and the P4+1 group (remaining parties to the nuclear deal or the JCPOA) with the indirect involvement of the United States have held 8 rounds of talks since last year but due to the lack of seriousness on the part of Washington and the European countries, there has not been still an agreement despite all Iran's flexibility and wise stances.

After the unilateral withdrawal of the United States from the JCPOA in 2018 and imposing the unprecedented sanctions, Iran took steps away from the JCPOA while it announced it will reverse course and will fully abide by the deal once the other parties live up to their commitments and the illegal US sanctions imposed are fully lifted. Iran has strongly rejected the western countries' futile attempt to separate the issue of lifting illegitimate sanctions and Iran's cooperation with the IAEA.

Iran also stopped voluntarily implementing the Additional Protocol which allows unannounced IAEA inspections as part of the steps away from the deal known as the remedial measures.

Iran's actions come in accordance with the JCPOA from which it has not withdrawn despite all the illegal moves by the western countries in violation of the spirit of the deal.

Tehran stresses that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes and there is a Fatwa by the Leader of the Islamic Revolution of Iran which bans any possession and use of weapons of mass destruction.

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