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New nations admitted to U.N. Security Council

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  • Turkey, Austria, Japan, Mexico, Uganda become members on U.N. Security Council
  • Five nations take rotating membership alongside permanent members
  • Iran and Iceland among nations which failed to win enough votes
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From CNN Senior U.N. Correspondent Richard Roth
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UNITED NATIONS (CNN) -- Iran and Iceland lost their bids Friday to win two of five rotating member seats on the U.N. Security Council.

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Iran is under U.N. sanctions for its nuclear program, and Iceland is having financial problems.

The seats were won by Turkey, Austria, Japan, Mexico and Uganda after a vote by the 192-member General Assembly.

Representatives from those countries will replace Belgium, Indonesia, Italy, Panama and South Africa in January.

Ten of the 15-member council's seats are filled for two-year terms.

The other five are occupied by permanent members Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States.

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