Turkey's PM sees anti-democratic actions over Iran

Erdogan said that Israel made a very serious mistake by equating Turkey with other countries.

Turkey's PM sees anti-democratic actions over Iran

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Israel made a very serious mistake by equating Turkey with other countries.

Erdogan said at the parliamentary group meeting of his Justice and Development (AK) Party, "Israel attacked the six-ship flotilla carrying activists and humanitarian aid to Gaza on May 31 by expecting that its state terror, unlawfulness and piracy in the region would be tolerated, ignored and forgotten once again. But Israel made a very serious mistake by equating Turkey with other countries. It is paying for it now and will continue to pay."

"In the same period, the United Nations Security Council decided to impose a new round of sanctions on Iran over its nuclear program. Turkey, together with Brazil, voted against the resolution to defend a diplomatic solution," he said.

The Security Council approved a fourth round of sanctions against Iran on Wednesday.

UN vote came despite Turkey-Brazil efforts that yielded a nuclear swap deal with Iran.

Turkey and Brazil voted against it while Lebanon abstained. However, there were 12 votes in favor of the resolution.

"U.S. President Barack Obama sent letters to me and to President Luiz Lula de Silva of Brazil. We signed the Tehran Agreement based on the content of those letters. We said that the problem should be resolved diplomatically since our region is tired of wars and clashes. We all saw what happened in Iraq and Afghanistan. Hundreds of thousands of people died. Hundreds of thousands of others lost their beloved ones. They talk about democracy. Then, they carry out anti-democratic actions," he said.

"Recently, there has been a defaming campaign against Turkey's axis. Turkey's axis did not change just because it signed the Tehran Agreement. Actually, it was your axis which has changed," he said.

Israel, most experts estimate that it has at least between 100 and 200 nuclear warheads, often threatens the Islamic republic with an attack.

Israeli jets bombed an Iraqi nuclear reactor in 1981 and a site in Syria in 2007.

Turkish PM often calls for "fair" stance from global powers over nuclear activities.

Israel recently refused US and international calls to sign Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty and open its facilities for IAEA perusal.


Agencies

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