US prepared to add sanctions on Turkey if pastor not released

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Calling once again for Turkey to release Pastor Andrew Brunson Friday, President Donald Trump had harsh words for the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally before leaving the White House Friday for Southhampton, New York.

The lira has lost almost 40 percent of its value against the dollar this year, sparking a sell-off in emerging market currencies and weighing on global stocks.

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin suggested Thursday the next spiral of tit-for-tat sanctions was coming soon, in a sign of a deepening spat.

"Working with you, we have more that we're planning to do if they don't release him quickly", Mnuchin told the president.

Turkey retaliated with some $533 million of tariffs on some United States imports - including cars, tobacco and alcoholic drinks - and said it would boycott U.S. electronic goods.

Referring to Brunson, Trump said: "They have a great Christian pastor there, he's a very innocent man".

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused the USA of trying to "bring Turkey to its knees". Turkey, meanwhile, is frustrated by the refusal of the U.S.to extradite a Pennsylvania-based Muslim cleric accused by Turkish authorities of engineering a 2016 coup attempt.

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Turkey says the case is a matter for the courts. Turkey, for its part, denounced the "economic war" and said it would find "new friends and allies".

In what could be interpreted as a sign of further tensions, the Turkish president said at a meeting with ambassadors on August 13, that Turkey is ready for war, as reported by the Turkish news service Ahval.

The US has threatened to impose more economic sanctions on Turkey if it does not free a detained American pastor.

"We have responded to the measures the United States has taken, and will continue to do so based on our global trade law rights and in accordance to World Trade Organization rules", said the minister, Ruhsar Pekcan.

A high court in Izmir said on Friday Brunson would stay under house arrest, upholding a decision taken by a lower court earlier this week. The currency was supported by Turkey's plan to cut spending, support for the banks and Qatar's pledge to invest $15bn in the country. "Similarly, there has been no improvement in relations with the U.S. and additional sanctions may be on the horizon".

Credit rating agency Standard & Poor's is expected to downgrade Turkey's sovereign credit rating later today. It estimates Turkey's short-term external debt at $180 billion and total external debt at $460 billion - the highest in emerging markets.

He said: "I have just authorised a doubling of Tariffs on Steel and Aluminium with respect to Turkey as their currency, the Turkish Lira, slides rapidly downwards against our very strong Dollar!"

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