Turkey Helping Iran to Bust Sanctions

by Michael Rubin

As the United States, the United Nations, the European Union, and South Korea all ratchet up sanctions on Iran because of its nuclear activities, Turkey not only refuses to participate, but actively seeks to undermine the sanctions regime. From the Turkish daily Gazetevatan:

Bank Mellat, Iran’s second largest bank, operates in Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir in Turkey without any problems. A report prepared by U.S. intelligence agencies says that Iran uses Bank Mellat branches in Turkey to break international sanctions. According the Reuters, the U.S. government warned Turkey and asked it to stop Bank Mellat’s financial operations which are on the United Nations’ money-laundering black list.

Our ally the Turks.

And Sens. Carl Levin and John McCain, respectively chairman and ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, want to trust Turkey with the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter technology upon which U.S. air defense will depend, without so much as requiring the Pentagon to study and report to Congress on the F-35′s vulnerability to technology transfer should the Turkish military (increasingly under the control of the pro-Iranian, Islamist AKP government) decide to allow Iranians to look it over.

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