DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on the situation in Iran after the re-imposition of all American sanctions on the country on Monday
Turkey's top diplomat has criticized the U.S. resumption of sanctions on Iran as unilateral, not wise and dangerous, calling for a dialogue and compromise.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, in Tokyo for talks with Japanese leaders, told reporters Tuesday that Turkey opposes sanctions because they don't achieve results.
He said cornering Iran is not wise, isolating Iran is dangerous and punishing the Iranians is unfair.
President Donald Trump's administration's resumption of sanctions on Iran took effect Monday, though eight major importers of Iranian oil, including Turkey and Japan, are spared temporarily from immediate penalties.
Cavusoglu said one-third of Turkey's gas imports come from Iran and it's difficult for any country to immediately diversify their energy mix. He said the U.S. "unilateral" decision affects the world.