Putin, Erdogan Agree Trump Was 'Wrong' on Iran Nuclear Deal

  • Putin, Erdogan Agree Trump Was 'Wrong' on Iran Nuclear Deal

Putin, Erdogan Agree Trump Was 'Wrong' on Iran Nuclear Deal

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani on Thursday that he found the USA decision to withdraw from a 2015 nuclear deal with Iran to be wrong, a source in Erdogan's office said, according to Reuters. "They discussed the USA decision to withdraw from the nuclear agreement with Iran", the source said.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was speaking with his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani over the phone, said the sources on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on talking to the media. "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. Putin also held a meeting with Russia's Security Council, where he and the council reportedly "expressed deep concern over such a decision and again emphasized the importance of this (nuclear deal) document", according to Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov.

In addition, the leaders of Russian Federation and Turkey discussed issues of the Syrian settlement and implementation of key bilateral projects. In a phone call, the Turkish leader also told Rouhani that Ankara wanted the global agreement on Tehran's nuclear program to be maintained.

Erdogan told Rouhani that Turkey supports the preservation of Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the sources said. The statement came after US President Donald Trump on Tuesday announced that the United States would pull out from the deal. The US Treasury has already imposed sanctions against six individuals and three companies linked to Iran's Revolutionary Guard.