|South Korea calls for expansion of ties with Iran||
TEHRAN – A senior South Korean lawmaker calls for expansion of relations with Iran, particularly in economic areas, as Tehran and the world powers signed a nuclear agreement in Geneva last November paving the way for an easing of economic sanctions against the Islamic Republic.
“Iran and Korea have had deep-rooted and historical relations. Given the Geneva agreement, we are keen to quickly expand the economic relations between Iran and Korea,” said South Korean National Assembly Speaker Kang Chang-hee during a meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in Tehran on Monday.
Kang, heading a parliamentary delegation, arrived in Tehran on Sunday to hold talks with senior Iranian officials.
South Korea is one of the major trader partners of Iran. It is also one of the main buyers of the Iranian oil.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Kang praised Rouhani for his speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Thursday, and expressed support for Rouhani’s policy of “moderation, hope and prudence.”
The Iranian president, for his part, said there is no obstacle in the way of expanding ties between the two countries in various areas.
Commenting on Iran’s nuclear program, Rouhani said Tehran’s nuclear activities have been and will remain peaceful and called for the eradication of all weapons of mass destruction across the world.
An interim nuclear deal was clinched between Iran and the 5+1 group (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council - the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France – plus Germany) in November 2013. It granted Iran a limited easing of the sanctions in return for temporary constraints on its uranium enrichment and nuclear development.
“We are opposed to any war, conflict, instability, violence, and extremism at any corner of the world and if we are able to do anything to defuse tensions anywhere in the world, we will not spare any effort,” Rouhani added.
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