Iran confirms planes being refused fuel in Europe

* Iran previously denied planes refused fuel at EU airports

* Says sanctions illegal, may retaliate on jet fuel issue

TEHRAN, Oct 19 (BestGrowthStock) – Iran confirmed on Tuesday that
some companies were refusing to refuel its planes at European
airports and said it would retaliate if the situation continued.

Iran has played down the impact of international sanctions,
which were tightened in June, and previously said news reports
that Iranian airlines were having problems refuelling abroad
were part of a “psychological war”.

But when asked about the issue at his weekly news
conference, foreign ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said,
“Unfortunately, some western companies have adopted
inappropriate policies.

“Our advice to their governments is not to act beyond the
regulations and even that illegal resolution,” he said,
referring to the new U.N. sanctions aimed at pressuring Iran
over its nuclear programme.

Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L: ) was among the first to decide not
to renew its contracts to supply Iran Air with fuel, an industry
source said in July. Other companies have since been cited in
news reports as cutting supplies to the Iranian flag carrier.

“The continuation of this approach by these companies will
jeopardise their interests … besides we will not tolerate it,
and confronting them is in the agenda,” Mehmanparast said. He
did not specify what form any retaliation might take.

Iran has been hit by a new wave of international sanctions
over its nuclear enrichment activities. The United States and
its European allies fear Iran is trying to build a bomb under
cover of a civilian nuclear program. Iran says it needs nuclear
technology to generate power and is not seeking atomic weapons.

(Writing by Ramin Mostafavi, Editing by Jane Baird)

Iran confirms planes being refused fuel in Europe