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US Iran sanctions aimed at 'upsetting global balance': Erdogan

AFP  |  Ankara 

Turkish on Tuesday hit out at new sanctions on imposed by the administration of Donald Trump, saying they were aimed at upsetting the global balance and against international law.

on Monday announced the sanctions on the Islamic Republic that aim to isolate the country's sector and slash its exports. was one of eight countries exempted from the demand to stop buying Iranian

"We don't find the (Iran) sanctions appropriate," Erdogan was quoted as saying by the agency.

"Because to us, they are aimed at upsetting the global balance," he added.

"They are against international law and diplomacy. We don't want to live in an imperial world." Erdogan's comments came after his warned that isolating was "dangerous."

"While we were asking (for) an exemption from the United States, we have also been very frank with them that cornering is not wise. Isolating Iran is dangerous and punishing the Iranian people is not fair," he told a press conference during a trip to

"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."


has imposed two sets of sanctions this year after pulling out of a nuclear pact agreed between world powers and Iran that slammed as "defective".

The latest round went into effect on Monday.

has granted eight countries, including and Japan, waivers to allow them to continue importing Iranian without facing diplomatic consequences.

Mainly Sunni Turkey has a complex relationship with Shiite Iran that has seen disputes notably on what has seen as moves for domination of by the majority Shia community.

But the two countries are also working closely on a host of issues, notably ending the conflict in even though both and are in theory on opposite sides of the civil war. Iranian are also crucial for resource-poor Turkey.

The new sanctions have sparked furious reactions from Iran, whose President said the country would "proudly your illegal, unjust sanctions".

On Monday, Washington vowed to be "relentless" in countering Iran, with saying the US wanted Iran to make a "180-degree turn" and abandon its "current revolutionary course".

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First Published: Tue, November 06 2018. 18:00 IST
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