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US urges Turkey on Iran sanctions


ISTANBUL (AP) -- The United States is urging Turkey to abide by U.N. sanctions on Iran even as Turkey seeks a closer trade relationship with its neighbor.

A U.S. Treasury Department official delivered the message to Turkish government officials and banking leaders during a visit to Istanbul and Ankara this week.

The official, David Cohen, said Wednesday that Turkey, an economic power in the region, is key to the robust implementation of sanctions aimed at forcing Iran to stop its nuclear program.

The United States and its allies suspect Iran is trying to build nuclear weapons. Iran says the program is peaceful.

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