S. Korea Calls for Expansion of Ties with Iran

A01748631.jpgPresident of South Korea demands further development of ties with Iran in all the different economic, cultural and industrial grounds, chairman of the two countries’ parliamentary friendship group said here on Sunday. According to a report released by the Information and Media Department of the Islamic Consultative Assembly, the Korean official made the remarks in a meeting with his Iranian counterpart Seyed Hossein Hashemi.

During the meeting, the Iranian head of the friendship group reminded the two countries’ developing ties in recent years, and called for a proper planning for using the abundant potentials and possibilities to expand the two sides’ friendly relations in all the economic, industrial and cultural spheres.

Noting the role of parliamentary relations in the deepening of ties, he viewed the role of parliamentary friendship groups in utilizing the potentials, capabilities and possibilities of either side as significant.

Hashemi also stressed the positive role of the private sector in the growth of economic and industrial relations between the two states, and referring to Iran’s legal supports for foreign investment, he called on Korean investors to pay special attention to direct investments in Iran’s industrial and economic areas.

Elsewhere, he pointed to his country’s nuclear issue, and reminded that none of the reports presented by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) approve even the smallest diversion by Iran from peaceful nuclear activities.

“With its lustrous historical and cultural background, the Iranian nation has and will never give in to force and it will insist on its inalienable right to make a peaceful use of the nuclear energy,” the MP underlined.

He voiced Iran’s preparedness to attend talks to remove misunderstandings about its civilian nuclear programs, and reminded that Tehran demands balanced and prerequisite-free negotiations.

The legislative official also reiterated the significance of the two countries’ cultural and tourist relations, and briefing the other side about Iran’s ample potentials in the tourist sector, he called for more extensive plans for promoting the two sides’ relations in tourist and cultural grounds.

For his part, the Korean head of Iran-Korea parliamentary friendship group emphasized Iran’s gravely important position for his country, saying that President of South Korea demands further development of ties with Iran in all the different economic, cultural and industrial grounds.

He further briefed the recent developments in the Korean Peninsula and the results of the 6-party talks about North Korea’s nuclear issue.

The Korean MP further stressed the peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear activities which, he said, fully comply with the rules and regulations of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

“Iran seeks to make a peaceful use of the nuclear energy,” he underscored, adding that he is ascertained that the Islamic Republic is not pursuing any military drive in dealing with the nuclear technology.

Describing talks as the only way to end the misunderstandings that exist between the two sides, the Korean lawmaker expressed the hope that Iran’s nuclear issue would be resolved through negotiation as soon as possible.

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