News ID: 314244
Published: 0150 GMT June 26, 2021

Iran denies report of applying for UNSC non-permanent membership

Iran denies report of applying for UNSC non-permanent membership

Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh dismissed reports that the country has applied for non-permanent membership in the United Nations Security Council.

Asked by reporters about the media reports that Iran had lost a bid to win a seat as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for the 2022-23 term, Saeed Khatibzadeh said on Friday that Iran had not basically applied for non-permanent membership, Tasnim News Agency reported.

He noted that the United Arab Emirates has been the only Asian state to seek a nomination.

“Considering that the non-permanent members of the Security Council are elected by secret ballot and physically (with ballots), the intent of the state that has secretly voted for the Islamic Republic of Iran is not clear. However, it is not unlikely that such a measure has been taken with rogue purposes,” he added.

The spokesman also noted that Iran had voted for the UAE in the process of election of the UNSC non-permanent members, saying such stance has been declared in Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif’s letter to his Emirati counterpart.

Khatibzadeh explained that such incidents have not been unprecedented; for instance, Peru has won a vote, while Brazil was the only candidate in the Latin American group for the UNSC non-permanent membership. “The Congo had withdrawn (from candidacy) before the voting, however, three states have voted for it.”



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