Turkey continues to respond if USA imposes more sanctions: minister

Turkey continues to respond if USA imposes more sanctions: minister

Turkey continues to respond if USA imposes more sanctions: minister

The United States will take further action against Turkey if it continues to detain American pastor Andrew Brunson, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Thursday in a sign that tensions between the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies will continue to escalate over the issue.

Almost 10 million people use US' iPhones in Turkey, press reports said, adding that the amount paid for the products hit $7 billion in 10 years.

"We put sanctions on several of the Cabinet members", Mnuchin said.

Trump later said in a tweet the United States "will pay nothing" for Brunson's release, "but we are cutting back on Turkey!"

The threat of sanctions comes amid Trump's concerns over Brunson, who is accused of being involved with an attempted coup that led to tens of thousands of people being arrested in 2016.

In response to Washington's measures against Turkey, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called for a boycott of American electronic products, notably Apple.

The lira, which earlier this week traded at well over seven to the dollar, held onto its gains during Albayrak's discussion, trading at 5.7 against the greenback.

Trump said the United States had helped Turkey in a related incident, but that the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally had not repaid the favour. "Not fair, not right".

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Last Friday, the US doubled tariffs on Turkish steel and aluminum exports in order to increase pressure on Erdogan. They are now holding our wonderful Christian Pastor, who I must now ask to represent our Country as a great patriot hostage. China's Ministry of Commerce said it had received an invitation from the United States for talks to be held with U.S. Under Secretary of Treasury for International Affairs David Malpass.

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Mr Brunson has denied charges of espionage, but faces up to 35 years in jail if found guilty.

On Thursday, Turkish Finance Minister Berat Albayrak assured worldwide investors on a conference call that the country would emerge stronger from its currency crisis and that its banks were healthy.

In another high-profile case, a Turkish court ruled on August 15 to release from jail Taner Kilic, the local chair of Amnesty International, a researcher from the rights group said.

Qatar has pledged to channel $15bn of direct investment into Turkey, a sign of burgeoning ties between the two countries.

As NPR explained in a primer on the dispute, much of the ill will shared by Turkey and the US stems not only from the back-and-forth on tariffs, but also from a diplomatic dust-up centered on two men of faith.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused the United States of waging a targeted economic war on his country, and on Tuesday he proposed a boycott of USA electronic goods.

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