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EU slaps ban on Iran Air

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The EU has banned most of Iran Air’s fleet from entering European airspace due to safety concerns.

The European Commission said it would affect three type of aircraft operated by the Iranian carrier but denied it was a sanction related to the country’s nuclear program.

“Following a visit from inspectors, the list and the number of carriers (blacklisted) has been extended to include Boeing 727, 747 and Airbus 320,” spokeswoman Helen Kearns told reporters in Brussels.

“The situation is constantly under review and that means effectively two thirds of the Iran Air fleet is not allowed to fly into EU airspace,” she said.

Meanwhile, the Financial Times reported BP has stopped refuelling Iranian planes following tough new sanctions imposed on Tehran by the United States.

President Barack Obama signed into law last week measures that would sanction companies for supplying Iran with refined petroleum with a market value of more than 800,000 euros (1 million dollars).