Erdogan calls Jerusalem US Embassy move 'huge mistake' - CNN
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Wednesday said the United States would be the losing side in the decision by U.S. President Donald Trump to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal, state-run Anadolu Agency reported.
The Turkish president's statement follows Trump’s announcement on Tuesday that he is pulling the United States from the Iran nuclear deal - the signature foreign policy achievement of Trump’s predecessor Barack Obama signed in 2015 - and is set to reimpose sanctions on Tehran.
Erdoğan said that the United States has not remained faithful to the agreement it had reached.
“You should respect an agreement you have signed,” the agency quoted Erdoğan as saying.
The Turkish Foreign Ministry stated on Tuesday that the United States’ decision to unilaterally withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal was an “unfortunate step.”
Turkish Presidential Spokesman İbrahim Kalın on Tuesday, said he feared the decision by U.S. President Donald Trump to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal could pave the way for "new conflicts," secular Cumhuriyet daily reported.
"The unilateral withdrawal of the United States from the nuclear deal is a decision that will cause instability and new conflicts," Kalin said on Twitter.
The presidential spokesman said that "Turkey will continue to resolutely oppose all types of nuclear arms."
Trump, who called the Iran nuclear deal ‘’decaying and rotten,’’ said that the United States could not prevent an Iranian nuclear bomb under the current agreement.
Turkey's recent strategic axis with Iran and Russia in neighbouring Syria has, for the time, bolstered relations between the two historic rivals.
The two countries worked together with the central Iraqi government in 2017 to foil a bid by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) for independence in northern Iraq.
Erdogan, also speaking to CNN International, a week before the formal opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem, described the decision to move the office as a "huge mistake." according to CNN.
Erdogan said Brunson is undergoing a fair judicial process in Turkey and "is not a hostage." He accused the US of politicizing a judicial matter and questioned instead why the US was refusing to extradite Fethullah Gulen, an exiled cleric living in Pennsylvania whom the Turkish government accuses of being behind a failed coup attempt in July 2016.
"He's being harbored there. And he's not a convict. He's not even being detained," Erdogan said of Gulen. "And we demand his extradition, and he's not being extradited to us. But there is a Pastor Brunson here, who is being currently prosecuted -- and he's allegedly associated with terrorist organizations. And you're asking for him?"
"These two incidents are completely independent from one another," he said, despite suggesting last year that the two men could be swapped. "This is not a hostage diplomacy ... It's not about that at all."