ANKARA (UPI) — Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has defended the nuclear agreement that he reached with Brazil and Iran over Tehran’s nuclear program.
Erdogan’s remarks in Turkey’s parliament were carried live on Turkish TV channels, the Islamic Republic News Agency reported Tuesday.
Erdogan told parliamentarians, “The Tehran Declaration was not in contradiction with the demand made by the U.S. President Barack Obama in his letters to me and Brazilian president (Luiz Ignacio da Silva).”
Commenting on the U.N. Security Council vote for increased sanctions on Iran, Erdogan explained that Turkey’s and Brazil’s “no” votes on the sanctions were motivated by the fact that both Turkey and Brazil believe in international peace and security and their mutual conviction that the dispute over Iran’s nuclear program must be resolved through political dialogue.
Erdogan further criticized Washington double standards, castigating the American government as opportunists cooperating with non-democratic regimes, commenting: “What are you doing in Iraq and Afghanistan? Who is responsible for hundreds of thousands of casualties and hundreds of thousands of widows in the war-torn countries? Do you think that you will be the final winner?”