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Iran Says Countries Refuse Fuel To Planes

A senior Iranian official says Germany, Britain, and the United Arab Emirates are refusing to provide fuel to Iranian passenger planes since the United States imposed unilateral sanctions on the Islamic republic last week.

The ISNA news agency quoted Mehdi Aliyari, secretary of the Iranian Airlines Union, as saying the refusals have so far affected Iran Air, the national carrier, and a leading private airline, Mahan Air, as both operate several flights to Europe.

On July 1, U.S. President Barack Obama signed into law far-reaching sanctions on Iran that he said would strike at Iran's capacity to finance its nuclear program.

The measures are on top of new UN and European Union sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program, which the West fears is aimed at making weapons, a claim Iran denies.

compiled from agency reports