Turkey voted against U.N. sanctions on Iran for its nuclear programme on Wednesday because it wants to continue diplomatic efforts, a source in Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's office said.
Erdogan travelled to Tehran last month to broker a nuclear fuel swap deal with Iran. Voting for sanctions would have meant Turkey no longer stood behind that deal, the source said.
The U.N. Security Council approved a fourth round of sanctions against Iran. Brazil also voted against it while Lebanon abstained.
However, there were 12 votes in favor of the resolution.
The US-drafted sanctions resolution, co-sponsored by Britain and France with the backing of Russia and China, would expand an arms embargo, target Iran's banking sector and ban the country from activities like uranium mining.
ReutersLast Mod: 10 Haziran 2010, 09:49