Iran's Zarif slams US sanctions on Turkey

Iran’s Zarif slams US sanctions on Turkey

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Tehran: Iran’s foreign minister Tuesday condemned the imposition of US sanctions on neighbouring Turkey over its procurement of Russia’s S-400 air defence system, saying it showed “contempt for international law”.

“We strongly condemn recent US sanctions against Turkey and stand with its people and government,” Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted, using the hashtag “#NeighborsFirst”.

On Monday, Washington banned all U.S. export licenses and loan credits from the Ankara military procurement agency and said it would not allow its president to travel or hold assets in the United States.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the sanctions would send a “clear signal” that the United States “will not tolerate major transactions with Russian defense and intelligence.”

But since the administration of outgoing President Donald Trump abandoned the nuclear agreement with major powers in 2018, Zarif has been severely sanctioning the United States.

He said: “The United States’ obsession with sanctions and its contempt for international law are once again fully demonstrated.”

Although the United States warned Turkey of incompatibility with NATO alliance members, Turkey received the S-400 air defense system from Russia last year.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that sanctions will be “disrespectful” and Turkey continues to test the new system.

The day that Zarif defended Turkey was a few days later when he severely criticized Erdogan for reciting a poem that was seen as supporting Iran’s alliance between the northwestern province of Azerbaijan and neighboring Azerbaijan. .

But on Monday, President Hassan Rouhani, Hassan Rouhani, drew a line, saying that he was “unlikely” Erdogan wanted to “insult the Iranian state or our territorial integrity.”

Rouhani said: “We can solve this problem through their explanation.”

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