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DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran on Wednesday suspended most of its flights to Europe following a new round of U.S. sanctions over Tehran’s disputed nuclear program, a government spokesman said, in its third such move this week.
Iran Airlines is seen on a flag as it flies past an Iranian flag on the runway during a flight from Tehran to Rome September 3, 2011. REUTERS/Sergio Perez
“The sanctions were adopted based on information acquired with the goal of destabilizing domestic and international relations,” said the spokesman, Tasnim Aslami, adding that more sanctions were possible if the United States “did not fulfill its side of the bargain”.
Europe is Iran’s top source of trade and financial assistance, and the latest ban follows the European Union’s April announcement of a new round of measures that impose additional sanctions on the government over its disputed nuclear program.
Iran says it seeks only peaceful and nonproliferation uses for its atomic energy program, as the West suspects. Western countries fear Tehran may have developed missiles that can be armed with nuclear weapons.
Iran’s aviation industry has had little to fall back on compared with Europe due to the sanctions that have been placed on key Iranian banks and other oil and gas firms. In recent months it has had to delay several flights, including to Egypt and Saudi Arabia and to China.
While the bans may not lead to disruption to travelers to Iran, they affect airline passengers already accustomed to being on the Iranian tarmac.
Iranian carriers flew more than 80 percent fewer passengers than in the previous week, according to Iran’s official news agency Fars on Wednesday. The average number of passengers traveled in Iran was 3,723, down from 4,088 in the week before.
The man-made storm drain and sewers that run out of the basement of the former University of Colorado Medical Center have been exposed at the base of the building — where they were installed under a $3.6 million renovation.
The storm drains, which drain water away from the concrete slab on the building’s foundation, were originally installed there by a company called Colorado Springs Utilities. They were installed in 2001, according to the
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