Iranian officials say no problem in providing jet fuel

09:35, July 07, 2010      

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Some Iranian officials said Tuesday that the Islamic Republic has no problem in providing fuel for its planes, the official IRNA news agency reported.

Kazem Jalali, rapporteur of National Security and Foreign Policy Commission of Iran's parliament, said no country has officially made any restriction for selling jet fuel to Iran.

Besides, Iran's First Vice-President Mohammad-Reza Rahimi said Tuesday that Tehran has no problem in terms of jet fuel supply, reported IRNA.

The remarks came following an Iranian Airlines Union official's statements on Monday that 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.

Talking to IRNA, Rahimi rejected that the sanctions concerning the country's disputed nuclear program would affect Tehran, adding that the sanctions have helped lead to further progress and development in various Iranian sectors.

He added that the U.S. pressures will fail and Washington and its allies would, themselves, be affected by the anti-Iran sanctions, according to IRNA.

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 the Iranian government's nuclear ability.

The new sanctions 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.

Earlier on the day, Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said reports that Iran's planes are being declined of refueling in some countries are "false", IRNA reported.

Source: Xinhua


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