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Zarif: US Addicted to Sanctions & Bullying
Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif waded into the mounting row between Turkey and the United States on Aug 11, accusing Washington of an "addiction to sanctions and bullying."
US President Donald Trump’s "jubilation in inflicting economic hardship on its NATO ally Turkey is shameful," Zarif wrote on Twitter.
"The US has to rehabilitate its addiction to sanctions (and) bullying or entire world will unite -- beyond verbal condemnations -- to force it to," he warned.
"We’ve stood with neighbors before, and will again now."
Trump said Aug. 10 he was doubling steel and aluminum tariffs on Turkey as part of an ongoing row over the detention of American pastor Andrew Brunson and other issues.
The tensions have fueled a run on the Turkish lira, which dropped 16 percent on Aug. 10, with Trump tweeting that the currency was sliding "rapidly downward against our very strong Dollar!"
Iran has also suffered a major decline in its currency this year, in part due to the reposition of US sanctions after Trump abandoned a landmark 2015 nuclear deal, with the rial losing around half its value against the dollar since April.
Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team
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