TURKEY (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Spokesman for the Justice and Development Party in Turkey (AKP) criticized US unilateral sanctions against Iran’s oil exports and said they were not helping to establish the peace in the region, reports the newspaper Hürriyet in its edition of Saturday, May 11.
“We affirm that such sanctions only punish the people and that it is impossible to achieve the goals set in any way,” said Ömer Çelik at a large-scale press conference held at headquarters party.
“We are once again making clear that we are against these sanctions that will not work,” he added.
The administration of US President Donald Trump again imposed sanctions against Iran’s oil exports in November after withdrawing from the 2015 nuclear deal reached in Vienna between Tehran, Washington and five other world powers.
Last month, Washington announced it would end the sanctions exemptions granted to countries that still buy Iranian oil.
These measures are part of Trump’s “maximum pressure” campaign to reduce Iran’s oil sales to zero.
Washington also announced Wednesday night new sanctions against the Iranian sectors of iron, steel, aluminum and copper.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavusoglu said the day after the announcement that the measures went against the interests of the Middle East. “Iran is a neighboring country, and any sanctions regime is detrimental to all countries in the region,” he said.
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