US Secretary of State John Kerry had to take a commercial flight from Vienna, where he participated in the talks on the Iran nuclear program. The US top diplomat’s jet broke down for the fourth time this year.
The State Department staff and the pool of journalists travelling with Kerry were informed on Thursday that the State Secretary’s Boeing 757 needed unspecified repairs, AFP reported.
The press has reacted with bitter irony to the news.
“Maybe the Iranians can send us a plane,” Laura Rozen, foreign policy and Middle East reporter for Al-Monitor wrote on Twitter.
#iran negotiators had a chuckle that Kerry plane out of vienna delayed due to apparent mechanical issues. 'So it is not just our planes'
— Laura Rozen (@lrozen) October 16, 2014
And it’s already the fourth time this year that Kerry’s ageing Air Force plane was grounded due to mechanical problems.