EU can resist U.S. pressures if it wants to: Iran Air head

ورود ۵ فروند هواپیمای ATR به ناوگان ایران‌ایر

Tehran (ISNA) – Head of Iran Air airline, Farzaneh Sharafbafi said the procedure is underway to receive remaining ATR planes.

Despite the U.S. deadline for European and its own companies to cut their relations with Iran, "we managed to secure the delivery of (part of) the remaining ATRs through negotiations with French and Italian officials," Sharafbafi said.

The EU can resist U.S. pressures if it wants to, Sharafbafi added.

Besides, Iranian minister of road and urban development, Abbas Akhoundi said delivery of five ATR 72-600 passenger aircraft to Iran is a positive step by the European Union to fulfil its obligations subject to the bilateral deals signed in the aftermath of the 2015 international nuclear accord.

The French-Italian aircraft manufacturer ATR delivered five more turboprops to Iran on Sunday.

The ATR 72-600 passenger planes landed at Tehran's international Mehrabad airport on Sunday morning, a day before the United States reimposed the first round of sanctions on Iran.

Abbas Akhoundi expressed hope that Iran's cooperation with European countries, as well as with China, Russia, India, Turkey and neighboring states, will help Iran tackle the existing difficult situation due to the U.S. sanction threats.

The world is facing challenges that U.S. President Donald Trump has brought about, but it is important to know how to act under such conditions to remain unaffected, said Akhoundi at the receiving ceremony of the ATR planes.

Also, Iran Air announced that flight licenses have been issued for the ATR passenger planes to join Iran's air fleet.

In April 2017, Iran Air signed a contract with ATR to purchase 20 short-haul passenger jets worth 576 million U.S. dollars. Iran had already received 13 ATR 72-600 aircraft and deployed them in domestic flights.

The first part of US’ sanctions will be reimposed on Aug. 6 and the remaining sanctions will return on Nov. 4.

The remaining parties to the JCPOA have vowed to stay in the accord, a multilateral agreement jointly negotiated and signed between Iran and six powers, Russia, the United States, Britain, China, France and Germany, ecns reported.

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