Turkey to fully implement UN resolutions on Iran, but is not obliged to support extra sanctions, finance minister says

July 26, 2010, Monday/ 16:42:00
The Turkish finance minister said on Monday that Turkey would fully implement the United Nations (UN) resolutions on Iran, however, it did not have to support several countries' demands for extra sanctions.

In an interview with the British daily Financial Times (FT), Turkish Finance Minister Mehmet Şimşek said, "We will fully implement UN resolutions but when it comes to individual countries' demands for extra sanctions, we do not have to".

Şimşek also said that the facilitation of trade, which was not prohibited under the UN resolution, should and would continue.

"If a trade deal needs to be financed, we will have to find a way to pay for it," the minister added.

Turkey and Brazil signed in May an agreement with Tehran to send abroad 1,200 kg of its low-enriched uranium in return for reactor fuel, and as non-permanent members of the UN Security Council, they voted against the resolution imposing sanctions on Iran.

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