Iranian hardliner says US, Europe need 'lesson'

AP News
Posted: Jul 19, 2011 3:19 AM
Iranian hardliner says US, Europe need 'lesson'

A prominent Iranian hardliner has called for attacks against U.S. and European airline offices over their refusal to supply fuel to Iranian aircraft.

Hossein Shariatmadari, a representative of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, says in an editorial in his Kayhan daily Tuesday that American and European airlines should be "taught an unforgettable lesson."

Iran already has banned the supply of jet fuel to European airlines in a tit-for-tat move.

Iran is at odds with the West over its nuclear program. Tehran's refusal to halt uranium enrichment has brought four sets of U.N. sanctions against Iran.

The U.S. and its allies accuse Iran of seeking to build nuclear weapons, a charge Tehran denies.