Iran summons S. Korean ambassador over president's remarks

TEHRAN, Jan. 18 (MNA) – The Iranian Foreign Ministry on Wednesday summoned the South Korean ambassador to Tehran to lodge a protest over the recent remarks by the East Asian country's president.

Following the interventionist remarks by the President of South Korea during his recent trip to the UAE, the ambassador Yun Kang-hyeon was summoned to the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to give him strong protest by the deputy Iranian foreign minister for legal and international affairs Reza Najafi.

During the meeting, Reza Najafi explained the friendly relations of the Islamic Republic of Iran with most of the states in the Persian Gulf region and considered the remarks by the South Korean president as meddling in these friendly relations with the aim of undermining peace and stability in that region.

The Iranian foreign ministry official called for immediate clarification from the Korean authorities regarding those remarks and emphasized the need for immediate correction of Seoul's approach to [its relations with Iran.]

Recalling South Korean Korea's unfriendly approach to its relations with Iran, including blocking the Iranian people's financial assets in line with the illegal US sanctions, Najafi emphasized that Korea's lack of effective action to resolve problems in the bilateral relations will force the Iranian side to revise its bilateral relations with Seoul. 

The Iranian diplomat also considered the recent remarks by the Korean President regarding the possibility of building nuclear weapons by Iran to be in contradiction with the text of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) and demanded an explanation from the Korean side in that regard as well.

The Korean ambassador tried to clarify his president's remarks and emphasized that such comments have nothing to do with the relations between Iran and the UAE or Korea.

He also said that he will convey Iran's viewpoints and expectations to his respective government.

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