Turkey’s foreign minister says sanctions imposed on Iran are ‘unjust’
Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu says sanctions imposed on Iran are ‘unjust’, calling for an end to the unilateral measures adopted by the United States after withdrawing from the Iran nuclear agreement.
Cavusoglu made the remarks during a joint press conference with Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian in Tehran on Monday.
He urged those who quit the 2015 nuclear agreement to return to the deal, officially called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and remove the unilateral sanctions they imposed on Iran, in an apparent reference to the United States.
Turkey’s top diplomat also expressed hope that the sanctions removal negotiations – scheduled to resume in the Austrian capital, Vienna, on November 29 after a five-month hiatus – would be successful.
The JCPOA was inked by Iran and six world powers in 2015. Under the accord, Tehran agreed to put limits on certain aspects of its nuclear activities in exchange for the removal of international sanctions imposed against the country.
In 2018, however, the US exited the nuclear pact and began to unilaterally implement what it called the “maximum pressure” campaign against the Islamic Republic, effectively depriving Iran of the deal’s benefits by forcing third parties to stop trade with Iran.
Iran remained patient for an entire year, after which it began to take incremental steps away from its nuclear obligations due to the other parties’ proven failure to secure its contractual interests.
The Islamic Republic’s nuclear steps prompted other signatories to enter talks earlier this year with the aim of reviving the JCPOA through a mutual return by all sides to their commitments under the deal.