‘Turkey ‘Won’t Abide By US Sanctions On Iran’


ANKARA —Turkish Foreign Min­ister Mevlut Cavusoglu has de­scribed Washington’s sanctions against Iran as inappropriate, say­ing Ankara has told US officials that it will not abide by the bans.

Cavusoglu said on Tuesday that Turkish authorities had con­veyed the message to a delegation of US Treasury and State Depart­ment officials during a visit to Ankara last week.

“A US delegation visited An­kara. We have told them we will not join these sanctions,” he said. “We buy oil from Iran and we purchase it in proper conditions. What is the other option?”

“While we are explaining why we will not obey these sanctions, we have also expressed that we do not find these US sanctions appropriate,” the top Turkish diplomat added.

Following the US delegation’s visit to Ankara, Turkey’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the country’s officials are working to pre­vent Ankara from being negatively affected by the re-imposition of US nuclear sanctions against Iran.

The ministry further empha­sized that Iran was an important neighbor for Turkey and that Ankara would continue to moni­tor the US sanctions within this framework.

Turkey says it is working to prevent Ankara from being nega­tively affected by the upcoming US re-imposition of nuclear sanc­tions against Iran.

On May 8, President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew the US from a 2015 multilateral nuclear deal with Iran over the objections of Europe as well as Russia and China — the other par­ties to the deal, which is officially known as the Joint Comprehen­sive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

The withdrawal entailed not only the re-imposition of sanc­tions on Iran but also the so-called secondary sanctions on third countries. Some of those sanctions will take effect after a 90-day wind-down period ending on August 6, and the rest after a 180-day wind-down period ending on November 4.

Most recently, the Trump White House has announced that it seeks to supposedly bring Iran’s oil sales down to “zero.”

The measures would collec­tively cause difficulties for com­panies doing business with Iran. Nevertheless, Europe and Russia and China have decided to explore ways to maintain the JCPOA and trade with Iran.






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