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Turkish FM: We oppose Iran sanctions

Press TV – January 14, 2010 07:17:58 GMT

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu says Ankara is against imposing further sanctions on Iran over the country’s nuclear program.

“Every country has the right to pursue nuclear power for peaceful purposes,” Davutoglu told the Guardian newspaper during his recent visit to London.

“We also don’t want more sanctions [on Iran]. Sanctions hurt ordinary people and neighboring countries,” he added, repeating a former Turkish offer to mediate negotiations between Tehran and the West.

The Turkish Foreign Minister stressed that the current standoff could only be overcome through diplomatic efforts.

“We don’t forget the very bad experience in Iraq. We would advise intensified negotiations through diplomacy. An absence of mutual trust is the problem,” he said.

Davutoglu reiterated that Turkey was against any kind of nuclear proliferation in the Middle East, whether in Iran, Israel or anywhere else.

Israel, the US and their European allies claim that Iran is pursuing a nuclear weapon. This is while the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reports and US National Intelligence Estimates issued so far point to the contrary.

Although the published reports by the UN nuclear watchdog and the main American intelligence authority confirm Iran’s stance that it does not have a military nuclear program, Washington and Tel Aviv have not backed down from their stance.

While Iran is a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), Israel remains one of the only three regimes in the world that has not signed the international pact.

Tehran has repeatedly called for the removal of all weapons of mass destruction from across the globe.

Israel, however, is the Middle East’s sole nuclear-armed power with a stockpile that is reported to include over 200 ready-to-launch atomic warheads.

January 14, 2010 - Posted by | Solidarity and Activism, Wars for Israel

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