The spokesman for the Justice and Development Party in Turkey (AKP) criticized the United States’ unilateral sanctions against Iran’s oil exports and said they were not helping to establish peace in the region, reports the Hürriyet newspaper in its Saturday, May 11 edition.
“We affirm that such sanctions only punish people and that it is impossible to achieve the objectives in any way,” Ömer Çelik said at a major press conference at the party’s headquarters.
“We are once again making it clear that we are against these sanctions, which will not produce the right results,” he added.
The administration of US President Donald Trump again imposed sanctions on Iranian oil exports in November, after withdrawing from the 2015 nuclear agreement reached in Vienna between Tehran, Washington and five other world powers.
Last month, Washington announced that it would end sanctions exemptions for countries that still buy Iranian oil.
These measures are part of Trump’s “maximum pressure” campaign to reduce Iranian oil sales to zero.
Washington also announced on Wednesday evening new sanctions against the Iranian iron, steel, aluminum and copper sectors.
The day after the announcement, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavusoglu said that the measures were against the interests of Middle Eastern countries. “Iran is a neighbouring country, and any sanctions regime is detrimental to all countries in the region,” he said.