White House says it will not sign any legislation that would undermine the ability to implement the Iran nuclear deal.
WASHINGTON, DC, UNITED STATES (NOVEMBER 22, 2016) (NBC) – The White House said on Tuesday (November 22) that it will not sign any legislation that would undermine the ability to implement the Iran nuclear deal.
Spokesman Josh Earnest was asked about the deal in light of Congress wanting to pass legislation to halt the agreement signed by the P5+1 (France, Germany, Russia, Britain and China + U.S.) under the leadership of U.S. President Barack Obama.
“If Congress wants to put more on the table then we’ll take a look at what they propose. We certainly are not going to however sign a piece of legislation that would undermine the ability the international community to continue to successfully implement the international agreement to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon,” Earnest said.
The comments come as the U.S. issues a license to France’s Airbus for the sale of 106 commercial planes to Iran Air, Iran’s flagship carrier, a source familiar with the matter said.
The move in the waning months of Obama’s administration to further unlock jetliner sales to Iran is likely to raise the ire of Republicans in Congress and President-elect Donald Trump. Trump has said he would dismantle the 2015 international nuclear deal with Iran, which includes a measure allowing U.S. and European companies to sell Iran civilian aircraft.
The deals by Airbus and Boeing to sell or lease over 200 jets to Iran Air would help modernize and expand the country’s elderly fleet, held together by smuggled or improvised parts after years of sanctions. Iranian officials have voiced growing concerns about what they see as unfair delays in obtaining U.S. licenses, or clarity over banking and financing rules.
Sanctions experts said Treasury licenses allowing such aircraft sales, and easing the way for other commerce with Iran, could easily be reversed by President-Elect Donald Trump if he chose to do so.