Oct 20, 2018, 3:10 PM
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Iran planning to widen ties with South Korea

Beijing, Oct 20, IRNA – Tehran has made a comprehensive plan for developing ties with Seoul in parliamentary, cultural, economic and political areas, Iran’s newly-appointed ambassador to South Korea said on Saturday.

Iran and South Korea enjoy strong friendly cooperation which has been effective in progressing bilateral relations, Saeed Badamchi-Shabestari told the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) in an exclusive interview.

Although the US unilateral and illegitimate moves have created some sort of problems for Iran-South Korea ties, the two witnessed the more growing cooperation in parliamentary and cultural fields, Badamchi-Shabestari said.

After Washington's May 8 exit from the Iran Deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the US gave 90-to-180-day wind-down period to other countries before it starts re-imposing sanctions on Tehran on November 4. The US move drew criticism of the world leaders, particularly the Europeans.

Such temporary problems cannot affect the will of the two nations to deepen relations, the diplomat added.

He went on to say that the present relations between Tehran and Seoul are at acceptable level.

There are good capacities for fostering bilateral cooperation in the areas of trade, energy, petrochemical, industry, technology, IT and knowledge-based services, Badamchi-Shabestari said.

Talking of the news about the closing of the Iranian accounts at South Korean banks, the ambassador said that such information is not definite, because South Korea is providing banking services for the Iranians in some banks which have fewer US shareholders.

Touching upon South Korea’s move to cut off oil imports from Iran after US sanctions threat, the diplomat said the move does not mean that Seoul is not keen on buying oil from Tehran.

Cut-off oil imports from Iran will cost South Korea a lot, he noted.

Meanwhile, since Washington’s exit from the JCPOA, South Korea has been after talks with the United States on Iran sanctions waiver, the ambassador said.

Also about the regional developments in line with negotiations between the two Koreas, the diplomat said Iran hopes that North Korea and South Korea would make use of the current conditions to solve the existing problems.

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