US 'disappointed' over Turkey's vote against Iran sanctions

UN vote came despite Turkey-Brazil efforts that yielded a nuclear swap deal with Iran.

US 'disappointed' over Turkey's vote against Iran sanctions

U.S. Undersecretary for Political Affairs William Burns said his country was "disappointed" over Turkey's vote against the proposed sanctions in the UN Security Council against Iran.

UN vote came despite Turkey-Brazil efforts that yielded a nuclear swap deal with Iran.

Anadolu news agency reported, Burns told a press briefing in the foreign Press Center that he would not conceal the frustration they felt over Turkey's vote against the sanctions on Iran.

He referred to the remarks of Turkey's Permanent Ambassador to the UN Ertugrul Apakan and said he believed Turkey "shared the concerns" of the international community over "Iran's failure" to fulfill its responsibilities and meet the expectations of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Undersecretary Burns said Turkey and Brazil worked hard for the Tehran Research Reactor Proposal (Nuclear Swap Deal) and the U.S. "acknowledged" and "respected" the good intentions of the leaders of these two countries. He said the U.S. was open to discussion of this proposal and its concerns about it.

Burns insisted, the Nuclear Swap Deal did not address the fundamental and well founded concerns of the international community.

Turkey's "No"


Turkey voted against fresh sanctions on Iran over its nuclear program.

The 15-nation council passed the resolution earlier in the day. The resolution was approved with 12 'yes' votes, two 'no' votes from Brazil and Turkey, and one abstention from Lebanon.

Diplomatic sources said that letters from the Vienna Group played a decisive role in Turkey's call to vote against the resolution.

The same sources added that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan talked to U.S. President Barack Obama on phone on Tuesday night.

Responding to a question as to whether Turkey's and Brazil's voting against the sanctions damage the legitimacy of the package, Burns said while clearly holding different opinions about timing and tactics both Turkey and Brazil made clear that they were against a nuclear-armed Iran. He suggested, Turkey and Brazil also made clear that Iran had not yet answered the concerns of the international community and they would faithfully implement the UN Security Council resolution for sanctions on Iran.

With the agreement signed by Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, Iranian Foreign Minister Manuchehr Motaki and Brazilian Foreign Minister Celso Amorim in Tehran on May 17, Iran committed to give the 1200kg of 3.5% enriched uranium to Turkey in exchange for 20% enriched uranium it will receive from Western countries to be used as fuel in the nuclear research reactor in Tehran.

Tehran will receive the enriched uranium from the Vienna Group, comprising of the United States, France, Russia and IAEA, in Turkey.


Agencies

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