South Korean Premier Arrives

South Korean Premier Arrives
South Korean Premier Arrives

South Korean Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun arrived in Tehran on Sunday for bilateral talks amid lingering tension over Tehran’s call to unlock its funds frozen in Korean banks under US sanctions.
During his three-day visit that ends on Tuesday, Chung is expected to discuss ways to enhance Seoul-Tehran relations and other matters. The visit marks the first such trip by a South Korean premier in 44 years, Yonhap news agency reported.
The visit came two days after the Iranian government released a Korean oil tanker and its captain detained over causing environmental pollution in the Persian Gulf.
The detainment was seen by Seoul as Tehran’s retaliation against South Korea’s seizure of some $7 billion in Iranian funds in early January, related to the US nuclear sanctions on Iran. Tehran denied such speculations.
Upon his arrival in Iran, Chung was scheduled to talk with Iranian First Vice President Es’haq Jahangiri. He is also set to meet with Parliament Speaker Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf and Ali Larijani, an adviser to the Leader of the Islamic Revolution. 
A meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is also being arranged, according to Chung’s office.
In addition, Chung is scheduled to meet with officials of South Korean companies operating in Iran, including Samsung Electronics, LG Electronics Inc. and SK Networks Co.

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