The Iranian foreign Minister urged the United States to abandon sanctions after measures against Turkey

© AFP 2018 / Atta Kapugedara with anti-American slogans in Tehran. Archival photoThe Iranian foreign Minister urged the United States to abandon sanctions after measures against Turkey© 2018 AFP / Atta Kenare

The Minister of foreign Affairs of Iran Mohammad Javad Zarif called on the US to abandon the practice of imposing sanctions after the us President Donald trump has declared increase of tariffs on aluminum and steel from Turkey.

«Rejoicing trump about creating economic hardship for its NATO ally, Turkey, shameful. The US needs to cure its dependence on sanctions and harassment, or the whole world will unite to, besides verbal condemnation, to force them to do so. We have supported our neighbors before, and maintain now,» wrote the Iranian Minister in his Twitter account.

Trump previously sanctioned twice to raise taxes on aluminum and steel from Turkey — up to 20% and 50%, respectively, which caused another drop in the Turkish Lira to a historic low. It fell to 6.62 per dollar, having lost during the day nearly 20% of its value.

Relations between the US and Turkey recently escalated, including the case of American pastor Andrew Brunson, detained in 2016 by the Turkish authorities. Last week the US Treasury imposed sanctions against the head of the Ministry of justice of Turkey Abdulhamit Gul and interior Minister Suleyman Soylu, accusing them of «serious violations of human rights».

The Iranian foreign Minister urged the United States to abandon sanctions after measures against Turkey© RIA Novosti, Infographicsrussia against Iran

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