TURKEY has warned the US it is playing a "dangerous" game to slap more sanctions on Iran, in comments that are likely to stoke World War 3 fears.
Ankara's foreign minister said it was dangerous to isolate Tehran and unfair to punish the country's people.
Mevlut Cavusoglu said:"We do not believe any result can be reached with sanctions. I think meaningful dialogue and talks are more useful than sanctions."
His comments come after the US reimposed sanctions, abandoning a 2015 Iran nuclear deal, while temporarily allowing top customers including Turkey to keep buying crude from the Islamic Republic.
On Monday, the US President imposed strict sanctions targeting Iran’s oil, banking and industrial sectors, threatening more action to stop Tehran from pursuing “outlaw” policies.
The decision by US President Donald Trump aims to hit Iran's oil-dependent economy and force Tehran to quash not only its nuclear ambitions and ballistic missile programme but also its support for militant proxies in Syria, Yemen, Lebanon and other parts of the Middle East.
Washington has pledged to eventually halt all purchases of crude oil from Iran globally but for now it said eight countries - China, India, South Korea, Japan, Italy, Greece, Taiwan and Turkey - can continue imports without penalty.
Turkey depends heavily on imports to meet its energy needs and neighboring Iran has been one of its main sources of oil because of its proximity, crude quality and favorable price differentials, traders say.