Better hope for a soft landing. This report does not spell out whether regular passenger flights included dangerous cargo, or if there were charter flights under false pretenses. In either case, “war is deceit.” The allegation is included in a sidebar by BBC reporter Kim Ghattas adjacent to the main report, and appears first below.”US imposes economic sanctions on Iran Air,” from BBC News, June 23:
Iran Air passenger planes have allegedly been used by the Revolutionary Guards to transport rockets and missiles – some of them to Syria.
Revolutionary Guard officers are said to occasionally take control of Iran Air flights with special cargo.
Iran Air doesn’t fly to the US and is unlikely to have any assets here, but Washington will also encourage other countries to shun the blacklisted companies and get airports around the world to stop refuelling Iran Air planes.
The main report:
The US has imposed economic sanctions on Iran’s national airline, saying Iran Air had supported the Iranian military.
In a statement, the treasury department also said the airline had provided “material support and services” to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard.
It said the paramilitary group supported terrorism and committed human rights abuses against protesters.
The US accuses Iran of aiming to develop nuclear weapons. Tehran says its programme is wholly peaceful.
In addition, the US treasury department accused Iranian port company Tidewater Middle East Company of the Revolutionary Guard Corp of exporting arms and military equipment from the seven ports it operates in the country.
“Preventing Iran from developing nuclear weapons is a top US government priority and we remain deeply concerned about Iran’s nuclear intentions,” US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner said in a joint statement.
“The United States is committed to a dual-track policy of applying pressure in pursuit of constructive engagement, and a negotiated solution.”
To quote the good doctor from Airplane, “I just wanted to say good luck, and we’re all counting on you.”
Iran Air has faced US sanctions since 1995, preventing it from buying aircraft or spare parts from Boeing or Airbus.
Last year, the European Commission banned Iran Air jets from European air space, citing safety concerns….
They have all the more reason to do so now.