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Turkey Wants Exemption From US Sanctions on Iran

Turkey Wants Exemption From US Sanctions on IranTurkey Wants Exemption From US Sanctions on Iran

Turkey has reminded the US that its sanctions on Iran, which will come into effect on Nov. 4, are “unilateral”, suggesting that Ankara expects Washington to grant it waivers on the new measures.  
Speaking in a Wednesday talk with Anadolu Agency, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said the US is implementing sanctions on Iran “unilaterally” and Japan, Asia, the EU countries and Turkey are against the policy.
In May, US President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew Washington from the 2015 landmark nuclear deal between Iran and six major powers—the five permanent UN Security Council members (including the US), plus Germany.   
Trump began to reinstate US sanctions on Tehran in August, with sanctions targeting Iran's oil sector set to kick in on Nov. 4.
The sanctions aim to impact Iranian oil exports, which provide Tehran with the revenue needed to finance its national budget.
European Union countries, along with Turkey, have denounced Trump’s action, vowing to find ways to bypass the reimposed sanctions.
"We have conveyed [to the US] our necessary demands to get an exemption on this issue," Cavusoglu said.
Cavusoglu said Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had previously mentioned that Turkey is taking natural gas from Russia and Iran, and if it does not have more options, the country would have to continue taking gas from those two countries.

> Unilateral Approach 

The Turkish foreign minister said the US made a decision that affects everyone.
"You can take a decision, but why do you want to punish other companies and countries? It is not a decision of the UN Security Council," he said.
Cavusoglu noted that Turkey has already told the US that its decisions are unilateral and when the countries do not comply with it, the credibility of the US will be harmed.
"Therefore, before taking steps on these issues, you have to consult especially with the countries of the region. You have to consult with the countries doing trade with Iran," he said.
Cavusoglu said the US has withdrawn from the nuclear deal with Iran unilaterally, but the European countries did not withdraw.
"It means that they value this deal," he said.

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