He added that the reaction from the Jewish community in the U.S. had been “very negative.”
“If the Jewish community expects us to behave differently on an issue where we have the right stance, we cannot behave differently,” Mr. Celik said.
Separately, Rep. Gary L. Ackerman, New York Democrat, sent a letter to the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars criticizing the think tank’s decision to bestow upon Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu a public service award.
In a letter to the think tank’s president, former Rep. Lee Hamilton, Mr. Ackerman expressed his “deep concern and dismay” over the award.
“Turkey’s foreign policy under Foreign Minister Davutoglu’s leadership is rife with illegality, irresponsibility and hypocrisy,” Mr. Ackerman wrote.
Mr. Kalin described Mr. Ackerman’s letter as “very disappointing,” and added, “we completely reject that attitude.”
Mr. Kalin acknowledged that the words he has heard from U.S. officials in discussions on the June 9 vote were “disappointment and displeasure.” But he said Turkey voted against the sanctions to keep Iran at the negotiating table.
Mr. Celik said if Turkey had not kept Iran at the negotiating table, “we might have witnessed very unfavorable developments in Iran… By casting a no vote, Turkey actually prevented this possible instability.”