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The Turkish economy minister Friday said the United States' withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal was an "opportunity" for Turkey, insisting there would be no letup in trade with Tehran. Despite strong protests and last-minute lobbying by his European partners, U.S. President Donald Trump announced that Washington would withdraw from the historic nuclear accord. He then vowed that there would be fresh sanctions issued against Iran.Relations between Turkey and the U.S. have been strained over several issues including the conviction in January of a Turkish banker who helped Iran evade U.S. sanctions.Mehmet Haka Atilla was convicted after well-connected Turkish-Iranian businessman Reza Zarrab, arrested in the U.S. in 2016, became a government witness and admitted involvement in a multibillion-dollar gold-for-oil scheme to subvert U.S. economic sanctions against Iran.
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