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Argentina Seizes Venezuelan Airplane Linked To Iran



Authorities in Argentina have seized a Venezuelan Boeing 747 cargo airplane with hyperlinks to Iran as a consequence of questions over acknowledged causes for the plane coming into the nation.

The Emtrasur cargo airplane arrived in Buenos Aires on June 8, flight-tracking information present. It was then seized by the authorities, an Argentinian opposition lawmaker and Iranian media stated on June 12.

Questions stay over the possession of the airplane.

Argentina’s authorities has not publicly confirmed the motion.

However an Inside Ministry doc shared with Reuters stated authorities had grounded the craft due to suspicions over the acknowledged cause for its entry into the South American nation.

Based on Mahan Air, the corporate bought the airplane to a Venezuelan firm a yr in the past and has no connection to the airline or Iran.

“Mentioning Mahan Air in reference to the impounded airplane is geared toward political functions,” airline spokesman Amir Hossein Zolanvari advised Iranian state media.

He stated the airplane’s crew has no connection to Mahan Air.

The U.S. Treasury Division in 2011 positioned sanctions on Mahan Air for allegedly “offering monetary, materials, and technological help” for Iran’s elite Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, which the State Division has designated as a overseas terrorist group.

The division additionally accused Mahan Air of transporting weapons, items, and personnel to Lebanon’s Iran-backed Hizballah group.

Iran and Venezuela are each topic to U.S. sanctions and have developed shut ties.

The 2 on June 11 signed a 20-year cooperation plan within the fields of oil, petrochemicals, tourism, and tradition.

Primarily based on reporting by Reuters and AP
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