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Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz (file photo)

Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz (file photo)

Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz says unilateral sanctions imposed on Iran are against the interests of Turkey and his country will not implement them. Yildiz said on Thursday that Turkey is a member of the United Nations and while complying with UN decisions, it does not abide by unilateral sanctions imposed by other countries. He also emphasized the importance of oil and gas imports from Iran to Turkey saying that Ankara reviews decisions that are against Turkey’s interests with more precision. Turkish Economy Minister Zafer Caglayan also rejected the unilateral sanctions against Iran on Wednesday, saying that Ankara only abides by international agreements. The Turkish officials’ remarks came after reports that the US Senate is considering new sanctions against Iran that would prevent Iran from getting paid for its natural gas exports in gold bullion. A senior US Senate aide said that the sanctions would end Turkey's sales of gold to Iran in payment for importing natural gas, referring to reports that Turkey has been paying for natural gas with gold due to the sanctions. The United States, Israel and some of their allies accuse Iran of pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program with Washington and the European Union using this false claim to impose illegal unilateral sanctions against the Islamic Republic. Iran refutes the allegation and argues that as a signatory to Non-Proliferation Treaty and a member of International Atomic Energy Agency, it is entitled to develop and acquire nuclear technology for peaceful purposes. TE/SS
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