Iran says its failure to win a non-permanent seat on the U.N. Security Council was an "obvious injustice."
Japan defeated Iran in a secret ballot Friday to secure the Asian seat on the Council. Japan won 158 votes while Iran got 32 votes.
The Security Council is U.N.’s powerhouse – it can impose sanctions and dispatch peacekeepers. Ten of it 15 seats are filled by regional groups for two-year stretches while five seats are held by veto-wielding permanent members.
Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Hasan Qashqavi told reporters in Tehran today that there was "no logical reason" for Japan, which has served ten times on the Council, to "monopolize" that seat.
Iran is under U.N. sanctions for refusing to halt its uranium enrichment program.
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