US senators urge sanctions on Turkish, Chinese firms in Iran

US Senators Chuck Shumer (D-NY) and Jon Kyl (R-AZ) have urged Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to “penalize” Turkish and Chinese companies, including Turkish refiner Tüpraş, for reportedly providing Iran with refined petroleum products. Tüpraş has said in the past that it was no longer exporting petroleum products to Iran and did not expect any penalties to be leveled against it.

This is a matter of the extra-territorial sweep of the tougher US and EU sanctions. US lawmakers have complained that new firms have taken the place of European rivals leaving the Iranian market, undermining international sanctions aimed at halting Tehran’s suspect nuclear program.

Source: Hurriyet Daily

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