Tehran Ties of Vital Importance for Seoul

Tehran Ties of Vital Importance for Seoul Tehran Ties of Vital Importance for Seoul

A senior South Korean official said the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action has paved the way for cultivation of Iran-South Korea relations that are of major importance for Seoul.

South Korean National Assembly Speaker Chung Ui-hwa made the statement in a meeting with Iran's Ambassador to South Korea Hassan Taherian in Seoul on Monday, IRNA reported.

JCPOA is the formal name of the July 14 nuclear accord between Iran and world powers that went into force on Jan. 16 to grant Iran sanctions relief against temporary curbs on its nuclear program.

The Korean speaker said after the removal of economic sanctions on Iran, the two sides can form deep business connections and strengthen their economic partnership, in addition to developing cultural and social cooperation.

Chung also said that the positive outcome of Iran's nuclear negotiations has made them a good example to solve North Korean nuclear issue.

Hwa hoped that by learning lessons from the nuclear talks, grave problems between South Korea and North Korea can also be settled and peace be guaranteed in the Korean peninsula.

North Korea declared itself a nuclear power in 2005 and is under UN sanctions over its nuclear tests and missiles launches.

Taherian said the lifting of the sanctions has provided plenty of opportunities for South Korean firms to start or increase their activities in the Iranian market.

The Iranian ambassador said the nuclear deal promises to promote peace and security not only in the Middle East, but also in the international arena.

Taherian also touched upon tensions between the two Korean states, hoping for the quick resumption of talks between the two states to heal their divisions.  South Korean President Park Geun-hye is planning a visit to Iran in the near future, the first in years of relations between the two countries.