June 6, 2006


U.S. Is Offering Deals on Trade to Entice Iran (HELENE COOPER, 6/06/06, NY Times)

The European Union's foreign policy director, Javier Solana, arrived in Tehran on Monday night with incentives intended to resolve the nuclear crisis with Iran, including a proposal to allow Iran to upgrade its aging civilian air fleet through the purchase of aircraft parts from an American company, Boeing.

The package, to be presented Tuesday to Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki and to Iran's chief nuclear negotiator, Ali Larijani, is to include waiving trade sanctions against Iran to allow the purchase of American agricultural technology, said European diplomats and a senior Bush administration official. [...]

The decision to include the sale of Boeing aircraft parts, along with aircraft and parts from Airbus, is a huge step, particularly for the United States.

Since the 1979 revolution, Iran has been subject to American sanctions that hinder the purchase of spare parts for nearly all the planes in its air force, the civilian carrier Iran Air and domestic airlines. The sanctions cover not only American-made airplanes and parts, but also European planes like Airbus, when they use parts made in the United States.

Because Iran can shop only for used Airbus or Boeing planes, its civilian fleet is notorious for the age of planes and parts. Iranian officials regularly blame the sanctions for plane crashes.

The offers that Mr. Solana is to make are contingent on an agreement by Iran to suspend its enrichment-related and reprocessing activities, which the United States contends are a cover for developing nuclear arms.

Gotta get back the money we're giving them for oil.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 6, 2006 6:52 AM

And if these carrots don't work, more and bigger carrots.

Posted by: Rick T. at June 6, 2006 10:09 AM

Taking hard currency is a stick.

Posted by: oj at June 6, 2006 10:48 AM

Better stick: Blockade their oil until they scream for mercy.

Posted by: tps at June 6, 2006 10:55 AM


Except that it would be the West screaming.

Posted by: oj at June 6, 2006 11:03 AM