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Turkey opposes Iran sanctions, blasts Israel

Press TV – March 29, 2010

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has once again dismissed sanctions as a proper solution to the Iranian nuclear issue.

Erdogan said at a Monday joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Ankara that he was opposed to new sanctions against Iran. He said diplomacy was still the best possible means of solving the issue.

“We are of the view that sanction is not a healthy path and… that the best route is diplomacy.”

Erdogan then wondered why the international community refused to impose sanctions against the Middle East’s sole nuclear weapons power, in an apparent allusion to Israel.

“We are against nuclear weapons in our region. But is there another country in our region that has nuclear weapons? Yes, there is. And have they been subjected to sanctions? No,” Erdogan said.

The US, which accuses Iran of seeking nuclear weapons, has been lobbying for more UN Security Council (UNSC) sanctions against Tehran.

Turkey, a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, is among countries that are opposed to imposing sanctions on Iran. Ankara has made it clear that any coercive measure against Tehran over its nuclear work would be of no avail.

This is while Merkel, whose country is working with the five permanent UNSC members over the Iranian nuclear issue, called on Turkey to support fresh sanctions against Tehran.

“We would be happy if Turkey votes in April on the Iran issue together with the United States and the European Union,” she said.

Iran says any punitive measures against the country are legally baseless as Tehran’s nuclear work is being fully monitored by the UN nuclear watchdog.

March 29, 2010 - Posted by | Solidarity and Activism, Wars for Israel

1 Comment

  1. It does not matter what Iran has or doesn’t have. When the Zionist Entity does not like a Government that is outspoken and realistic, Israel is bound to attack or organize an attack by some other loyal stooge.

    Comment by B. Benhamid | March 30, 2010


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