Iran loses to Japan in battle for UN seat
Japan has seen off a challenge from Iran for a seat on the United Nations Security Council. The winner was announced after a secret vote in the General Assembly in New York.
Five new non-permanent members were named after the 192 UN members cast their ballots. Austria, Turkey, Japan, Uganda and Mexico were awarded seats.
Candidate countries needed the support of two-thirds of the member states to win a seat.
The countries chosen will hold their seats for two years, beginning in 2009.
Iran was looking for its second ever term in the body, which has passed a series of resolutions against Tehran because of its nuclear programme.
The 15-seat council is the powerhouse of the U.N. with the ability to impose sanctions and dispatch peacekeepers.