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Thursday, January 12, 2012

That's rain, right? Turkey spits in Obama's face

President Obama's good friend, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has effectively spit in Obama's face by having his Foreign Ministry's spokesman announce that Turkey is not bound by US sanctions on Iran - only by UN sanctions. Although Turkey has said similar things in the past, Obama had been trying to convince the Turks to go along with US sanctions (Hat Tip: Joshua I).
Foreign Ministry spokesman Selçuk Ünal said Turkey would evaluate the content of the US sanctions but it "does not feel it is bound by any other sanctions."

Ünal spoke during a weekly news conference, which followed a meeting between Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu and Iran's parliamentary speaker, Ali Larijani.

On Thursday, Japan pledged to buy less Iranian oil, boosting the US campaign a day after China reacted coolly to the idea. Japan imports about 10 percent of its oil from Iran while Turkey imports about 30 percent from Iran.
What could go wrong?

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