WASHINGTON (AP) – Officials say the Obama administration has green-lighted the sale of more than 100 Airbus planes to Iran.
It’s the latest U.S. license for commercial activity with Iran since last year’s nuclear deal. Airbus in September received a license to export 17 planes.
But the officials say the European plane maker got permission Monday to export 106 more. They aren’t authorized to speak publicly about the matter and demanded anonymity.
Airbus needs Treasury Department approval because at least 10 percent of its components are American-made.
Boeing has separately gained permission to export dozens of jetliners to Iran.
Both sales are precarious. President-elect Donald Trump has threatened to re-negotiate the nuclear accord, which makes the plane deals possible. And the Republican-led House has moved to block any such plane transactions.