TEHRAN, July 23 (ISNA)-Iran's minister of transportation stated that the U.S. trade embargo placed on aircraft parts had led to a poor safety standard in Iranian airliners.
"We have many times forwarded our complaints in this regard to international aviation groups, but they in answer have stated that this issue should be followed up through negotiations between the two sides," said Mohammad Rahmati.
"Of course this issue has led to the development and self reliance of our specialists in this field and our progresses in this field are very great."
The U.S. before had announced that it would allow Iran to repair its aging fleet of airliners in a third country, but it did not specify where; a promise which was never actualized.
Most passenger planes in Iran are 16 years old, on average, which this is a result of the U.S. sanctions that bar American companies from selling new aircraft to Iran.
Iran has tried to upgrade its fleets with European aircraft, but the U.S. has also pressured Europe not to sell.
Iranian officials have numerously complained to international aviation groups about Washington's sanctions.
The United States introduced sanctions against Iran following the 1979 Islamic Revolution and the seizure of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran.
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