(photo credit: Ronen Shnidman)
BERLIN – The Swiss daily NZZ has reported that the international airport in
Geneva is refusing to refuel Iran Air flights.
RELATED:'Die Welt': Iran building rocket bases in Venezuela
Anton Kohler, a spokesman
for the Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA), which is responsible for
aviation development and the supervision of civil aviation activities in
Switzerland, told the Swiss wire service SDA that “at this time aircraft from
Iran Air will no longer be refueled at Geneva's airport.”
to comment on whether the move was connected with sanctions against Iran over
its nuclear program and violation of UN sanctions. He said Swiss
authorities were seeking a “pragmatic solution” and that Iran Air could refuel
in other countries, such as Serbia, until a remedy was found.
Holland and Vienna have already refused to provide fuel to Iran Air
Meanwhile, the US has dismissed the accuracy of a report in the
German daily Die Welt
that said Iran was planning to build a missile base in
Venezuela and was gearing up to begin construction.
“We have no evidence
to support this claim and therefore no reason to believe the assertions made in
the article are credible,” the State Department said in connection with the
CNN also quoted Venezuelan Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro, who
termed the allegations an “extravagant lie.”
Israeli Foreign Minister
Avigdor Lieberman told the news network that Israel had not verified the
allegations, but he described the report as “very serious.”
“It would be
a military intervention in a Latin country, a development without precedent," he said.