Turkish minister mocks US sanctions against him

Published: August 02, 2018 15:28:19 | Updated: August 04, 2018 12:35:57

File photo shows Turkey's Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu

A Turkish minister has defiantly mocked US sanctions against him, saying his only asset in the United States is a US-based Muslim cleric whom Turkey blames for a failed coup and wants extradited.

The United States on Wednesday slapped sanctions on Turkey's interior and justice ministers, aimed at pressuring its NATO ally into releasing a detained American pastor who is being tried on espionage and terror-related charges. Turkey vowed to retaliate against the sanctions, reports AP.

Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu tweeted on Thursday that Fethullah Gulen, the cleric whom Turkey accuses of masterminding the 2016 failed coup attempt, was his only property in the United States.

Soylu said: "We will not leave him there. We will take him."

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