US First Side to Lose after Iran Deal Withdrawal: Erdogan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan says the United States will be the one to lose after President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the nuclear pact with Iran.

“The United States has not remained faithful to the agreement it had reached,” Erdoğan said, Anadolu Agency quoted him as telling CNN International.

“You should respect an agreement you have signed,” the Turkish president added.

Turkey’s Foreign Ministry stated on May 8 that the United States’ decision to unilaterally withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal was an “unfortunate step.”

“Turkey has always defended the stance that issues regarding Iran’s nuclear program should be resolved through diplomacy and negotiations and has made intensive efforts in this direction,” the ministry said in a press release on its website.

“The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action [JCPOA] accepted in 2015 was an important step taken to prevent proliferation. The plan in question has shown that even the most difficult of subjects could be resolved through negotiations,” it added.

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