The United States says that Syria and Iran don't deserve positions on the U.N.'s Human Rights Council because they are under investigation themselves.

Syria and Iran are candidates to join the 47-nation Geneva-based Council, along with other often-criticized nations such as Cuba, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Chad, Vietnam and Russia.

U.S. U.N. Ambassador Rosemary DiCarlo told reporters Thursday that "In our view, attempts by either country to join the Human Rights Council are highly inappropriate, given the Human Rights Council's existing mandates to investigation human rights violation in these countries, their egregious records on human rights, and their ongoing cooperation to suppress democratic aspirations in Syria."

The U.N. General assembly will vote this year to elect 14 nations to three-year terms on the Human Rights Council.