Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Turkey Joins U.S.-Led Anti-Iran Effort

Middle East Newsline:
Turkey has quietly agreed to join a U.S.-led effort against Iran's nuclear weapons program. Turkish diplomats said the Foreign Ministry has agreed to support the Bush administration's effort to censure Iran for its refusal to cooperate with the International Atomic Energy Agency. The diplomats said Ankara would also warn of the dangers of Iran's nuclear program.

"In my view, Iran is irreversibly bent on having nuclear weapons," Turkish ambassador to the United States Faruk Logoglu said.

Logoglu, regarded as Turkey's leading diplomat, told the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies on Dec 19 that Iran has sought nuclear weapons. He called for a dialogue between Teheran and Washington in an effort to head off a showdown.