Some states decline to supply fuel for Iranian air fleet: report

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An Iranian aviation official said Monday that certain states have declined to supply fuel for Iranian air passenger fleet, local ISNA news agency reported.

"British, German and United Arab Emirates' airports have declined to supply fuel to Iranian passenger jets since last week (on Thursday) following U.S. unilateral sanctions law passed against Iran," Mehdi Aliari, secretary of Iranian Airlines Union was quoted as saying by ISNA.

"Iranian air fleet should provide their fuel from Iran or stop at the countries on their ways, which will double the cost of flights," said Aliari.

Air transport is an international issue by nature, and sanctions affecting Iran in this regard is against international air travel regulations and against humanity, he said.

Iran expects International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) make a probe into such an illegal action, he added.

U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday signed a new Iran sanction bill into law, which is described by him as "striking at the heart" of Iranian government's nuclear ability.

The new sanctions, described by Obama as the "toughest" ones ever passed by the Congress, penalize international firms assisting Iran's energy industry and ban U.S. banks from dealing with foreign banks linked to its Revolutionary Guards or nuclear programs.

The measures are seen as aimed at cutting Iran's access to imports of gasoline and isolating it further from the international financial system. Iran, though a major oil producer, heavily relies on imports of refined oil products such as gasoline.

On June 9, the UN Security Council adopted a resolution, imposing the fourth round of sanctions on Iran since 2006.

Source: Xinhua


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