Iran says Western intolerance of its independent positions was behind
Tehran's failure to win a seat on the U.N. Security Council.
U.N. envoy Mohammad Khazaee told state media Saturday the council's
structure allows a few "special countries" to make decisions and impose
ideas. He said those countries are not interested in independent ideas
or the entry of states that believe in re-examining the structure of
the U.N. body.
Japan defeated Iran Friday for the Asian seat on
the council by a U.N. General Assembly vote of 158-32. Iran's
candidacy was controversial because it has received three sets of
Security Council sanctions due to concerns about its sensitive nuclear
Britain's U.N. ambassador John Sawers said Iran's poor showing is an important sign of the council's concern about its actions.
addition to Japan, the U.N. General Assembly elected Austria, Japan,
Mexico, Turkey and Uganda as non-permanent members of the Security
Council. Those five countries are now voting members for two years on
the 15-member council, which has the power to impose economic sanctions
and deploy peacekeeping forces.
Ten countries hold non-permanent
Security Council seats for two-year terms. They work alongside the
five permanent members - Britain, China, France, Russia and the United
Austria and Turkey beat out Iceland for the European seats, while Mexico and Uganda ran unopposed.
five newly elected members will replace Belgium, Indonesia, Italy,
Panama and South Africa, whose two-year terms are up at the end of the
Some information for this report was provided by Reuters.