US moves to stop airplane engine export to Iran

US moves to stop airplane engine export to Iran

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Associated Press

Posted on January 6, 2014 at 7:34 PM

ISTANBUL (AP) — The United States Commerce Department has issued an emergency order using U.S. anti-terrorism export control laws against a Turkish company in an attempt to stop it from exporting two Boeing airplane engines to Iran.

Commerce Department officials say that such orders are used rarely to prevent the imminent export of restricted U.S. items to certain countries.

The order posted online was issued Friday because U.S. officials believed that an Iranian cargo company was set to pick up the secondhand engines Tuesday. The order also targeted the Iranian company, Pouya Airline.

H. Engin Borluca , the director of the Turkish company, 3K Aviation & Logistics, says that he was unaware that U.S. restrictions applied to transactions outside of the U.S., and that the company is trying to resolve the matter.

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