(Reuters) – Iranian planes continue to refuel at airports around the world, an official said on Tuesday, a day after an Iranian news report that the country’s aircraft had been denied fuel in Germany, Britain and a Gulf Arab state.
The Financial Times said oil major BP had stopped refueling Iranian jets, a move which would add to a growing list of companies shunning trade with the Islamic state amid a U.S.-led drive to isolate Tehran over its nuclear programme.
Iran has been hit by a new wave of international sanctions over its nuclear enrichment activities which the West fears could lead it to make a bomb, something Tehran denies it wants.
The United States has also stepped up its push to isolate Tehran economically. On Thursday, President Barack Obama signed into law far-reaching sanctions that aim to squeeze the Islamic Republic’s fuel imports and deepen its international isolation.
But Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast called reports that some countries were refusing fuel supplies to Iranian planes due to U.S. sanctions part of a “psychological war.”
“This news is not right. No such limitation has been imposed,” Mehmanparast told a news conference .