US threatens Turkey over energy support to Iran

Other News Materials 10 September 2007 03:41 (UTC +04:00)

(IranMania) - The United States has suggested that Turkey could come under sanctions for its energy cooperation with Iran, The World Tribune reported.

The State Department has criticized Turkey for its agreement for natural gas cooperation with Teheran. A senior official pointed out that Congress was working on legislation that would sanction Ankara or others that help develop Iran's energy sector.

"The US government's policy is that countries should not be stimulating their companies to be involved in oil and gas investment in Iran," Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns said.

Burns said the Bush administration has stressed to US allies that sanctions on Iran would be strengthened. Over the last two months, Turkey has agreed to develop three southern Iranian gas fields and establish three gas-operated energy plants.