‘Iran denies passage to Merkel’s plane’


The new Airbus A340-300 of the German government is waiting at Berlin’s Tegel airport, May 30, 2011.
The German government says Iran has refused to give permission to the plane carrying German Chancellor Angela Merkel to fly over the country, a report says. 

Merkel’s plane was forced to circle over Turkey for about two hours on Tuesday before it touched down in New Delhi, India, as it was not allowed access to Iran’s airspace, Germany’s Deutsche Welle news agency reported.

After an hour of negotiations mediated by Turkey, Tehran granted the German chancellor’s plane permission to cross. Had the dispute continued any longer, the Airbus 340 carrying Merkel would have been forced to stop in Turkey for refueling.

A second German plane with four German government ministers onboard flew over the country without a problem and landed on time in New Delhi.

Tehran has yet to comment on the reports.

The German Foreign Ministry said it summoned the Iranian ambassador for explanation.

“It is absolutely unacceptable that Iran should hold up the German chancellor’s journey,” Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said.

The reports come as Tehran says several airports in Germany and other European countries have refused to refuel passenger planes from Iran.

The European Union, under pressure from the United States, has been taking unilateral measures — on the top of a UN Security Council’s fourth round of sanctions in 2010 — against Iran to dissuade it from continuing its nuclear program.

Tehran maintains that as a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency and a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, it reserves the right to peaceful nuclear energy and technology.

Freezing assets belonging to Iranian companies and officials and their associates are part of the West’s mounting restrictions to target the country, especially in its energy sector.

The UN Security Council’s sanctions resolution against Iran does not block access to petroleum products like gasoline and jet fuel.

  1. #1 by Ingrid B. on May 31, 2011 - 5:18 pm

    Beautiful.. more payback by Iran.. what`s good for the goose, is good for the gander.. (or is it the other way round in this instance..)

  2. #2 by 1776blues on May 31, 2011 - 7:18 pm

    Did Iran know that something was planned like a false flag attack on Merkel’s plane in order to blame Iran? Think about it this way; by Iran denying permission it caused main stream media coverage preventing the false flag attacked and the blame placed on Iran! Its possible!

  3. #3 by John Robertson on May 31, 2011 - 11:46 pm

    It’s OK for Merkels mob to bar Iranian planes from refuelling, but OMG how dare they upset the Chancellor.

  4. #4 by funky d on June 1, 2011 - 12:19 am

    FOOKIN BRILLIANT, pity they let her fly over in the end.

  5. #5 by Doug on June 1, 2011 - 3:09 am

    WHAT!? You inconvenienced A Zionist Puppet Lackey on her way to India to plot the ongoing invasion of Pakistan that will allow the Zionist to sieze their NUKES and make Israel a bigger, safer place. Shame on you Iran. G-d will false flag your ass for that!

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