December 15 2016
One News Now
featuring Claudia Rosett
Even though Iran maintains that it has finalized a deal with American aircraft manufacturer Boeing, critics remain quite skeptical about the agreement.
The multi-billion dollar deal would provide new commercial airplanes to Iran.
The agreement is permitted under the international deal involving Iran's nuclear research, and while the Obama administration and its supporters insist that there is nothing to worry about, individuals, think tanks and special interest groups disagree.
"It's a huge problem," Independent Women’s Forum (IWF) foreign policy fellow Claudia Rosett insisted. "This is part of a bigger scene in which Iran – especially before President-elect Trump takes office – is moving as fast as it can to entrench itself in every possible way in the world economy."
Rosett tells OneNewsNow that Iran is still the world's leading state-sponsor of terrorism.
"The commercial aircraft that it has used (among other things) to shuttle back and forth to Syria, bringing personnel, weapons and so on, which have been part of the horrible carnage there in which something like half a million people have now died," Rosett continued.
In a press release, Boeing stated that it coordinated closely with the U.S. government throughout the process leading up to the sale. The manufacturer continues to follow all license requirements as it moves forward.
"The agreement will support tens of thousands of U.S. jobs directly associated with production and delivery of the planes, and nearly 100,000 U.S. jobs in the U.S. aerospace value stream for the full course of deliveries," Boeing added in its statement.
"When Iran does a big deal with an American company like this, what you're inviting is that the company becomes an advocate for Iran – for maintaining nice relations, for trying to treat them well," Rosett warned. "If the main purpose of dealing with terror-linked or despotic states is to generate jobs in America, then let's sell aircraft to the North Koreans."
The first airplanes under the U.S.-Iran agreement are scheduled for delivery in 2018.