Published: Fri, May 11, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

United States withdrawal from nuclear deal 'not right': Erdogan

United States withdrawal from nuclear deal 'not right': Erdogan

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Thursday that the preservation of the Iran nuclear deal is of fundamental importance for worldwide and regional security and the global non-proliferation regime.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday evening, may 10, had a telephone conversation. "Both leaders, pointing out at the fallacy of this decision, stressed that the JCPOA is a diplomatic success that must be safeguarded", the source added.

Erdoğan also called for development of economic relations, banking cooperation, the use of national currencies in business relations and the expansion of preferential trade between Iran and Turkey following the US' withdrawal from the JCPOA, adding "we should make every effort to protect the economies of our countries from intervention of others".

"It was stressed that the conservation AGREEMENT is crucial to worldwide and regional security and global non-proliferation regime".

The presidents also discussed matters related to the Syrian peace process and the implementation of key bilateral projects.

Earlier in the day, Erdogan told Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on the phone that he thought that the USA decision to withdraw from the nuclear deal was wrong, and stressed that the accord must be maintained.

The JCPOA deal, signed by Iran and P5+1 powers (China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, the U.S., plus Germany) in 2015 after years of negotiations, saw worldwide sanctions on Tehran lifted in exchange for Iran curbing its controversial nuclear program. The US Treasury has already imposed sanctions against six individuals and three companies linked to Iran's Revolutionary Guard.

He described the JCPOA as a seven-party agreement approved by the United Nations, adding "unfortunately, the USA government unilaterally withdrew from this global agreement, and we expect all world leaders to condemn this move".

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