US, Europe at odds over Ira­nian mil­i­tary arm’s rights to air­line

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

An Ira­nian air­line, backed by the coun­try’s no­to­ri­ous Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Guard and used to ferry weapons and fight­ers to sup­port Syria’s gov­ern­ment, has ac­quired rights to fly com­mer­cial routes in more than a dozen Euro­pean and Asian coun­tries in spite of U.S. ter­ror-re­lated sanc­tions.

The agree­ment Iran and six other world pow­ers signed last year ended some of the sanc­tions that had pun­ished and iso­lated Iran for its nu­clear pro­gram. But sanc­tions for bal­lis­tic mis­sile re­search, ter­ror­ism, hu­man rights vi­o­la­tions and money laun­der­ing re­main in place.

Ma­han Air, the coun­try’s sec­ond­largest car­rier, is un­der ter­ror­re­lated sanc­tions. The U.S. has ac­cused the com­pany of pro­vid­ing “trans­porta­tion, funds trans­fers and per­son­nel travel ser­vices” to the Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Guard’s elite Quds Forces, fly­ing them and weapons to Syria to train Hezbol­lah mil­i­tants, Syr­ian army troops and others.

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