Iran’s Javad Zarif: ‘U.S. sanctions on Turkey are contempt of International Law’

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On Tuesday, Iran’s foreign minister Javad Zarif denounced the forced sanctions on neighboring Turkey by the United States government over its purchase of Russia’s S-400 air defense system, stated that the imposed sanctions are contempt of international law.”We fully condemn the recently forced sanctions on Turkey by the US and stand behind its citizens and regime,” Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted, utilizing the hashtag “#NeighborsFirst.”

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed that it would be disrespectful to impose sanctions and Turkey pressed on with examining the new policy.Zarif’s statement in favor of Turkey comes after days when he criticized Erdogan for reciting a poem seen as supporting the association of Iran’s predominantly Azeri-speaking northwestern regions with neighboring Azerbaijan.

On Monday, Washington prohibited all US export permits and loan credits for Ankara’s military procurement agency and added it would not permit its president to visit or hold assets in the USA.US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stated that the sanctions would send a definite signal that the US “won’t stand any business deals with Russia’s defense and intelligence division.” However, Zarif, whose nation has been facing US sanctions since 2018 when the government of current US President Donald Trump dropped an atomic deal with it, the move against Ankara clearly demonstrated how rapidly Washington utilizes sanctions.”US obsession with sanctions and contempt for international law at the full showcase once more,” Zarif added.

Turkey finalized the deal with Russia and took delivery of the S-400 air defense system despite the US government cautioning it was inconsistent with its membership of the NATO alliance.However, on Monday, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani went on to draw a line by saying he believed it was unlikely that Erdogan desired to “insult Iran or our regional integrity.”We can rightly put this matter behind us with the clarifications they have given,” Rouhani added.

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