An Airbus A340 airplane of Mahan Air is seen at Simon Bolivar International Airport outside Caracas, Venezuela April 8, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

 – Iranian state media said on Sunday that Argentinian authorities have impounded a Boeing 747 plane whose original owner, Iran‘s Mahan Air, was sold to a Venezuelan airline a year ago.

There was no official confirmation of the reports.

“The ownership of the aircraft was transferred a year ago and it was sold to a Venezuelan company,” Mahan’s spokesperson Amir Hossein Zolanvari told the official news agency IRNA. Zolanvari did not name the Venezuelan company.

It was not immediately clear if the plane was on a list of Iranian aircraft under U.S. sanctions. Mahan Air has been under U.S sanctions since 2011 for its support for Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards.

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Iran and Venezuela, which are both under U.S. sanctions, have close ties. The two countries on Saturday signed a 20-year cooperation plan.

(Reporting by Dubai NewsroomEditing by Elaine Hardcastle and Frances Kerry)

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