Source Reveals Details of Erdogan, Putin Phone Call Over Iran Nuclear Deal

Charlene Craig
May 11, 2018

Turkish president on Thursday said he does not view US withdrawal from Iranian nuclear deal as the "right" decision, according to Turkish presidential sources.

The two leaders discussed the United States move on the phone on Thursday and "pointed out that it was a mistake", a source in the Turkish president's administration told RIA-Novosti. "Both leaders, pointing out at the fallacy of this decision, stressed that the JCPOA is a diplomatic success that must be safeguarded", the source added. The official release on the Kremlin website says the two leaders discussed the American exit from the deal and the deal's importance, but it does not specifically mention any condemnation.

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Erdoğan also called for development of economic relations, banking cooperation, the use of national currencies in business relations and the expansion of preferential trade between Iran and Turkey following the US' withdrawal from the JCPOA, adding "we should make every effort to protect the economies of our countries from intervention of others".

Meanhwile, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said earlier on Thursday in a phone conversation with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan that the remaining parties to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), must compensate for the U.S. pullout from the agreement.

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Resolution 2231 was adopted by the UNSC in July 2015 to endorse the JCPOA, which obliged the USA as one of the seven signatories to the deal to remove nuclear-related sanctions against Iran in response to Tehran's agreement to curb its nuclear activities.

Trump had roundly criticized the agreement in 2016 during his electoral campaign, calling it the "worst deal" he had ever seen.

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The US withdrawal caused massive disappointment in the EU, with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker blaming Washington for no longer being willing to "cooperate with other parts of the world".

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