Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has explained why his country voted against a fresh round of U.N. sanctions on Iran. Turkey and Brazil have just signed a nuclear fuel-swap deal with Iran, meant to go some way to solving the dispute over its uranium enrichment programme.
Erdogan accused the international community of jumping the gun:
“You could have done this if Iran hadn’t kept to its word. You asked for ten months and Iran agreed, and as the process got underway you derailed it with these sanctions. We don’t want to be associated with this kind of thing, history will never forgive us. That’s why we took the decision we did, and we are sticking with it.”
Israel, meanwhile, has welcomed the latest round of sanctions against Iran but says they do not go far enough.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmour says broader economic and diplomatic measures are called for:
“What is needed now is determined action by the international community to impose more specific sanctions, sanctions directed at specific sectors, sanctions that are more focalised and this can be done in various international fora or on a national level, on a state-by-state basis.”
China backed the U.S.-drafted resolution, much to Tehran’s dismay. Ahmedinejad is due to visit China – an ally and major trading partner – over the next few days.
The Security Council voted by 12 votes to two in favour of the sanctions plan.