Turkey says US sanc­tions against Iran ‘dan­ger­ous’

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Turkey has warned Wash­ing­ton against its new sanc­tions on Iran, say­ing iso­lat­ing the Is­lamic Re­pub­lic is “dan­ger­ous,” Turk­ish For­eign Min­is­ter Mev­lut Cavu­soglu said Tues­day.

Wash­ing­ton this week im­posed a sec­ond set of sanc­tions on Iran that aim to iso­late the coun­try’s bank­ing sec­tor and slash its oil ex­ports.

“While we were ask­ing [ for] an ex­emp­tion from the US, we have also been very frank with them that cor­ner­ing Iran is not wise. Iso­lat­ing Iran is dan­ger­ous and pun­ish­ing the Ira­nian peo­ple is not fair,” he said at a press con­fer­ence dur­ing a trip to Ja­pan.

“Turkey is against sanc­tions, we don’t be­lieve any re­sults can be achieved through the sanc­tions,” he added.

“I think in­stead of sanc­tions, mean­ing­ful di­a­logue and en­gage­ment is much more use­ful.”

Wash­ing­ton has im­posed two sets of sanc­tions this year af­ter pulling out of a nu­clear pact agreed be­tween world pow­ers and Iran that Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump slammed as “de­fec­tive.” The lat­est round went into ef­fect on Mon­day. Wash­ing­ton has granted eight coun­tries, in­clud­ing Turkey and Ja­pan, waivers to al­low them to con­tinue im­port­ing Ira­nian oil with­out fac­ing diplo­matic con­se­quences.

The new sanc­tions have sparked fu­ri­ous re­ac­tions from Iran, whose Pres­i­dent Has­san Rouhani said the coun­try would “proudly by­pass your il­le­gal, un­just sanc­tions.”

On Mon­day, Wash­ing­ton vowed to be “re­lent­less” in coun­ter­ing Iran, with Sec­re­tary of State Mike Pom­peo say­ing the US wanted Iran to make a “180-de­gree turn” and aban­don its “cur­rent rev­o­lu­tion­ary course.”

UN in­spec­tors say Iran is abid­ing by an agree­ment reached with Trump’s pre­de­ces­sor Barack Obama to draw down its nu­clear pro­gram. That deal was backed by Euro­pean pow­ers, Rus­sia and China and sealed by a UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil res­o­lu­tion.

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