Turkey threatens not to comply with US sanctions against Iran
ANKARA, Nov 6 â" President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday Turkey would not abide by the renewed U.S. sanctions on Iranâs oil and shipping industries, adding that they were aimed at âunbalancing the worldâ.
The comments came a day after Washington reimposed sanctions on Iran, abandoning a 2015 deal between world powers and Iran over its nuclear program. The U.S. measures temporarily allow some major customers, including Turkey, to continue buying Iranian crude.
Speaking to reporters in parliament, the Turkish president attacked the sanctions.
âThese are steps aimed at unbalancing the world. We donât want to live in an imperialist world. These issues will be put on the table at the summit (this weekend) in Paris,â Erdogan said.
âWe will absolutely not abide by such sanctions. We buy 10 billion cubic meters of natural gas. We cannot freeze our people in t he cold.â
Speaking in Japan earlier on Tuesday, Turkeyâs foreign minister said it would be dangerous to isolate Iran, adding that it was not easy for countries like Turkey and Japan to diversify energy supplies.
âWe do not believe any result can be reached with sanctions.
I think meaningful dialogue and talks are more useful than sanctions,â Mevlut Cavusoglu said.
U.S. President Donald Trump aims to hit Iranâs economy and force it to abandon not only its nuclear ambitions and ballistic missile program but also its support for militant proxies in Syria, Yemen, Lebanon and other parts of the Middle East.
Erdogan will attend a summit to commemorate the end of World War I in Paris over the weekend, where he is expected to have talks with Trump over issues including the renewed sanctions and policy in Syria.Source: Google New s Turkey | Netizen 24 Turkey