Iranian President Hassan Rouhani lashed out at the western countries for imposing sanctions against the member - states of the Non - Aligned Movement(NAM).
“I call for creative ways to prevent the misuse of the mechanism of the UN Security Council by some permanent members to impose illegal sanctions against the NAM member states, ” President Rouhani said in his capacity as the current rotating president of the NAM. “(NAM) States are strongly urged to refrain from propagating and applying any unilateral economic, financial or trade measures contrary to the international law and the United Nations Charter that impede the full achievement of economic and social development, particularly in the developing countries, ” he added. The Iranian president urged the 120 - member body, whose members form two thirds of the UN General Assembly, to attempt to revise the mechanism of international relations and resist politically - motivated restrictions imposed by some veto - wielding powers. NAM is an international organization of states considering themselves not formally aligned with or against any major power bloc. NAM is the largest grouping of countries outside of the United Nations. NAM member states represent nearly two - thirds of the United Nations ' members and comprise 55% of the world population, particularly countries considered to be developing or part of the Third World. Iran received NAM rotating presidency from Egypt for a period of three years at the opening ceremony of the NAM summit in Tehran on August 26,2012.