Turkey to sanction two US justice, interior secretaries in retaliation

TEHRAN, Aug. 05 (MNA) – President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has vowed that Turkey will freeze assets of US 'justice and interior' secretaries in Turkey as the fight over release of US pastor intensifies.

The Turkish president said Saturday they will freeze assets of the US "justice and interior" secretaries in Turkey.

"I am instructing my friends today. We will freeze assets, if there are any, of the US justice and interior secretaries in Turkey," Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said, speaking at ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party's Women Branch congress in Ankara, according to Turkish Anadolu Agency on Saturday.

Speaking about the US move to freeze assets of Turkish justice and interior ministers, he said "this is not logic."

Erdoğan said the Turkish nation will not step back because of 'threatening rhetoric and silly decisions' of sanctions.

"Especially the latest step by America regarding pastor Brunson issue in Izmir, is an ill-fitted step for a strategic partner," he added.

The US on Wednesday imposed sanctions on Turkey's Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu and Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gul for not releasing American Pastor Andrew Craig Brunson, who faces terrorism charges in Turkey.

Erdoğan further warned that if these political and judicial disputes affect the economic dimensions, they will be harmful for both countries.

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