Do you know why Turkey’s support for Iran can affect the United States?

Turkey's dissatisfaction with the sanctions of the United States on Iran has resulted in disagreements between the US State and its European peers

Do you know why Turkey's support for Iran can affect the United States?

In the month of May of this year, the president of the United States, Donald Trump, signed a series of sanctions against the Republic of Iran, according to the BBC, for the alleged betrayal of the Asian country to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action  (JCPOA), signed in 2015. This international treatment was intended to stop Iran's nuclear weapons growth in its territory, a goal that, for the US Government, was not being met.

Leer en español: ¿Sabe por qué el apoyo de Turquía a Irán puede afectar a Estados Unidos?

However, the same media reported that in early November, the United States introduced other sanctions against Iran in order to completely block its oil trade, thus affecting the economy of this country.

"The goal is to deprive the Iranian regime of the income it uses to fund violent and destabilizing activities throughout the Middle East and, indeed, around the world," said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Turkey said NO

However, there are eight countries that are still exempt from complying with the sanction and completely abandoning the purchase of oil from Iran; and there is one in particular, very important in terms of arms management and oil industry is concerned: Turkey.

The Eurasian country, which has had certain differences in recent months with the United States, according to Spanish.People, for the purchase of S-400 defense systems from the Russian army, is one of the biggest detractors to the sanctions imposed bythe United States on Iran.

That is why the Turkish Government, together with the Azerbaijani Government and Iran agreed in a meeting, on November the 1st, that it is of the utmost importance that the American country values the JCPOA, because, as mentioned in El País, " Iran has honored the so-called Comprehensive Plan of Joint Action or atomic pact as part of Resolution 2231 issued in 2015 by the Security Council of the United Nations (UN)."

"We do not believe that the sanctions can yield any results," Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu was quoted as saying by Telesur. Likewise, the Turkish diplomat indicated that the US action towards Iran "is dangerous and punishing the Iranian people is not fair."

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An attack on American power?

However, the refusal of Turkey to sanctions on Iran not only represents a further break in political relations between Turks and Americans, but it leaves the United States and its power in the Old Continent very badly positioned.

Both the United States and Turkey are part of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), and the latest clashes between the two States have represented a division of ideologies within this organization, the majority in favor of Turkey.

This is what RT columnist Alberto Rodríguez García says, who said in one of his articles, on November 8, that "this confrontation could not come at a worse time for Trump […], (the sanction to Iran) also affects the European countries, which can face very serious economic problems"; Therefore, according to Rodríguez, "this will force Europe to reinvent itself and, of course, it is a black spot in its relations with the United States."

In addition, whether in the form of 'threat' or revelation, according to Reuters, Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif announced that "Europe is fighting to establish a commercial vehicle for Iran." The press agency also indicates that this task "is difficult" for Europeans, because they have to create a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV), but no country in the European Union (EU) has wanted "Risk" with the shelter of this project.

However, to consolidate the SPV, Europe could "help equal Iranian oil and gas exports to purchases of EU goods, avoiding US sanctions that are based on the global use of the dollar for oil trade "

In this way, Turkey's resistance to US sanctions on Iran, as well as the need for Iranian oil for the EU, represent small bumps for what the Turkish leader, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has called "an imperialist world" from the United States.


LatinAmerican Post | Christopher Ramírez Hernández

Transalted from "¿Sabe por qué el apoyo de Turquía a Irán puede afectar a Estados Unidos?"

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