New York, Oct 18, IRNA - Iran said on Saturday that intolerance of its independent positions by the Western governments was behind failure in contest with Japan to win a seat at the UN Security Council.
Tokyo secured 158-32 votes from the 192-member assembly for the the seat at the Council for two years starting in January.
"Obviously the structure of the Security Council is such that it must be said in practice a few special countries make decisions there and impose ideas," Iran's Permanent Ambassador, Mohammad Khazaee, told IRNA.
"And it is natural that these countries are disinterested in independent ideas or the entry of states that believe in the necessity of re-examining its structure," he said.
"Anyhow, some do not have the tolerance to hear an independent voice in a structure incompatible with today's world necessities," he added.
The 10 non-permanent seats are filled by the General Assembly, with five countries elected each year to two-year non-renewable mandates.
To secure a seat, a candidate nation has to win two-thirds of votes cast in a secret ballot.
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