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Fears of possible aviation accidents could lead to waiving of some US sanctions on Iran.

AIRLINE INDUSTRY INFORMATION-(C)1997-1999 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD

Fears of a catastrophic aircraft accident may result in Iran being able to purchase parts for its ageing fleet of Boeing aircraft.

US companies, including aircraft manufacturer Boeing Co, are prohibited by sanctions from selling equipment to Iran, but the US government is apparently considering waiving the restriction in order to allow Iran to purchase parts that would prevent engines from falling off Iran`s older Boeing 747 aircraft, which it purchased prior to 1979.

A report in The Washington Post on 4 December indicated that unidentified US government officials had said that the Deputy Secretary of State Strobe Talbott decided almost two weeks ago to award Boeing a special licence to sell Iran the necessary parts.
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Date:Dec 6, 1999
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