July 5, 2010 / 12:37 PM / 9 years ago

Iran says Germany, UK and UAE refuse fuel to its planes

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran said on Monday that Germany, Britain and the United Arab Emirates were refusing to provide fuel to Iranian passenger planes following unilateral U.S. sanctions on the Islamic state, the ISNA news agency reported.

“Since last week, our planes have been refused fuel at airports in Britain, Germany and UAE because of the sanctions imposed by America,” Mehdi Aliyari, secretary of the Iranian Airlines Union, told ISNA news agency.

“Refusing to provide fuel to Iranian passenger planes by these countries is violation of international conventions.”

In an effort to persuade Iran to curb its nuclear activities, the U.N. Security Council has imposed sanctions on the Islamic state since 2006.

U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday signed into law far-reaching sanctions that aim to squeeze the Islamic Republic’s fuel imports and deepen its international isolation.

The European Union has also decided to implement additional measures. Although it is the world’s fifth-largest oil producer, Iran lacks sufficient refining capacity, which makes it potentially vulnerable to sanctions.

The United States and its European allies fear Iran is trying to build bombs under cover of a civilian nuclear program. Iran says it needs nuclear technology to generate power.

A lawmaker said Iran would retaliate.

“Iran will do the same to ships and planes of those countries that cause problems for us,” ISNA quoted Heshmatollah Falahatpisheh as saying.

Writing by Parisa Hafezi, Tehran newsroom, editing by Anthony Barker

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