1051 GMT July 17, 2018
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Friday that the US reimposition of sanctions against Iran is a mistake, stressing that Washington has no right to force other countries to implement its unilateral decision.
Speaking to Anadolu Agency, the top Turkish diplomat said President Recep Tayyip Erdogan conveyed opinion of Ankara regarding to Iran’s issue to his American counterpart Donald Trump and to a US delegation of senators that recently visited Turkey.
Ankara does not approve US decision for imposing embargo on Iran, he said, noting that the US says “I took a decision and other should comply this” although this decision is taken without any consultation.
“It does not work in this way,” he added.
“The US may take a decision, but it’s not right to impose this decision to other countries. We will keep on our principle attitude,” he said.
Cavusoglu added that the US decision against Iran had been taken upon Israel’s demand and had no justification.
Last month, Cavusoglu said Turkey will not cut off trade ties with Iran at the behest of other countries after the US told countries to cut all imports of Iranian oil, Reuters reported.
Washington has told its allies to cut imports of Iranian oil by November, as Trump looks to cut off funding to Iran.
“If the United States’ decisions are aimed at peace and stability, then we’ll support them, but we don’t have to follow every decision. Being allies doesn’t mean following every decision word for word,” Cavusoglu told broadcaster NTV in an interview.
Trump announced on May 8 that Washington was walking away from the nuclear agreement, which was reached between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – the United States, Britain, France, Russia and China – plus Germany in 2015.
Trump also said he would reinstate US nuclear sanctions on Iran and impose “the highest level” of economic bans on the Islamic Republic.
Under the agreement, Iran undertook to put limits on its nuclear program in exchange for the removal of nuclear-related sanctions imposed against Tehran.