Seoul Seeking Removal of Barriers on Exchanges With Tehran
IRAN NEWS ECONOMIC DESK
TEHRAN – South Korea’s Ambassador to Tehran Ryu Jeong-Hyun announced here on Monday that his country spares no effort to remove obstacles on trade exchange with Iran.
The ambassador made the remarks in a meeting held in Tehran with chairman of Iran-South Korea parliamentary friendship group Rouhollah Motefaker-Azad.
Ryu said bilateral relations between parliaments of the two countries can play an important role in growing friendly ties.
Naming Iran as an important country in world and region, the ambassador said his country attaches great importance to [relations with] Iran.
He further hoped the today meeting would lead to the removal of the existing problems in the near future and pave the way for fostering friendly cooperation.
For his part, the Iranian official noted that Iran-South Korea parliamentary friendship group has been formed to preserve achievements gained after six decades of friendly cooperation in industrial, economic and political areas.
Motefaker-Azad called for making efforts to enhance bilateral relations and interactions. The Iranian lawmaker also emphasized the role of the South Korean ambassador in facilitating cooperation between the two sectors.
Elsewhere, Motefaker-Azad criticized the U.S.’ inhumane policies in the world, adding, “Independent countries of the world will never allow their relations with other countries to be determined and dictated by third parties.”
“The importance of communication and cooperation between the two countries requires that the existing obstacles to the development of cooperation be removed as soon as possible,” he stressed.
At the end, the chairman called for removing the obstacles to development of cooperation as bilateral relations between Iran and South Korea are so important.
The head of the Iran-South Korea Chamber of Commerce, Hossein Tanhaei, has recently said that Iran’s blocked money in South Korea amounts to “$8.5 billion” and the release of the money “depends on the outcome of the U.S. presidential election.”
Tanhaei claimed that negotiations between Tehran and Seoul to release the blocked funds had failed so far, adding, “Both countries are waiting for the result of the U.S. election results.”
Tanhaei also said that Iran had proposed a barter agreement to South Korea, beginning with bartering medicine and food, and eventually adding a “petrochemicals, home appliances and automobiles” exchange between the two countries.