UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The United States has slammed Syria and Iran for seeking seats on the U.N.'s Human Rights Council, saying their own rights violations are under U.N. investigation.
Iran said later Thursday it had dropped out of the race after contemplating a campaign earlier this year.
Syria is a candidate to join the 47-nation council, along with other often-criticized nations such as Cuba, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Vietnam and Russia.
Asked about Syria and Iran, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Rosemary DiCarlo told reporters that "attempts by either country to join the Human Rights Council are highly inappropriate given existing Human Rights Council mandates to investigate human rights violations in these countries, their egregious records on human rights and their ongoing collaboration to suppress the democratic aspirations of the Syrian people."