Washington: Well aware of the key role Turkey and Brazil plays in their respective region, top US leadership refrained from making any adverse comments against the two nations, even as they voted against a US drafted resolution passed by the UN Security Council Resolution that slapped additional economic sanctions against Iran.
In fact, as questions were posed to the more than half a dozen press conferences that were held by the top US leadership yesterday, officials of the Obama administration tried to explain they understood why Brazil and Turkey voted against the UN Security Council resolution and hoped that this will no effect their bilateral relationships with both the countries.
"We understand the reaction by the Brazilians and the Turks that their intense efforts were not able to be realised with some definitive action that was acceptable to the international community, undertaken by Iran prior to this vote," US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told reporters travelling with her in Bogota, Columbia.
"They`re members of the Security Council and we expect them to abide by the resolution, as all other member states of the UN will be expected to do so, and we have every reason to believe they will," she said.
"But in the ongoing diplomatic outreach to Iran, I think that Turkey and Brazil will continue to play an important role. They chose for whatever reason, which perhaps they will explain later, to vote no, in part, I am sure, in their minds, to keep the door open between themselves and Iran. That`s a legitimate assessment," she observed.
"We disagreed with their vote, but I can understand from a diplomatic perspective why they might be able to make a convincing case for how they voted today," Hillary said.
Turkey and Brazil worked hard to make progress on the Tehran research reactor proposal.
"And we respect and acknowledge their leaders` good intentions to address the Iranian people`s humanitarian needs," said Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, William Burns, at a news conference with foreign journalists.
Noting that Turkey made a sovereign choice in deciding how to vote, Burns said: "I won`t conceal the fact that we`re disappointed with the vote that took place today, but we believe that Turkey shares international concerns that Iran has not lived up to its obligations, it`s not answered the questions posed by the IAEA."
Burns said: "We`ve also taken careful note of Turkey`s statement that, as a member of the UN, it will implement faithfully the new resolution that`s been passed. That`s important as well.”
"The Turkish leadership has also made very clear that it`s opposed to a nuclear-armed Iran and that it`s incumbent upon Iran to demonstrate to the IAEA the exclusively peaceful nature of its program, which it hasn`t done yet", Burns said.
The White House Press Secretary, Robert Gibbs, said the negative voting by Turkey and Brazil is not surprising. "We`ve had a slightly different approach over the past many weeks. I don`t want to characterise why they voted the way they did, but I think there was a demonstrated and forceful international commitment to ensuring that not living up to your obligations has severe consequences, and that`s what the UN Security Council did today," he said.