Baku, Azerbaijan, April 25
By Umid Niayesh - Trend:
Iran's nuclear program is completely peaceful and different from the one of North Korea, a senior Iranian lawmaker has underlined.
Creating nuclear weapons is the red line for Iran, the head of Iran parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi said, Iranian IRNA news agency reported on April 25.
Boroujerdi made the remarks during a meeting with South Korean parliament speaker Kang Chang-hee in the South Korean capital, Seoul, on April 24.
The U.S. and its Western allies suspect Iran of developing a nuclear weapon - something that Iran denies. The Islamic Republic has on numerous occasions stated that it does not seek to develop nuclear weapons, using nuclear energy for medical research instead.
Iran and the P5+1(the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany) signed a six-month interim nuclear deal on Jan. 20 and are continuing their talks to reach a final agreement to fully resolve the decade-old dispute over the Islamic Republic's nuclear program.
Boroujerdi expressed hope that the problems between North and South Korea to be resolved via dialogue.
Referring the good relations of Tehran with North Korea, the senior lawmaker announced that Iran is ready to persuade Pyongyang for negotiations.
South Korean speaker, in his turn said that Seoul is ready to review the new fields of mutual cooperation with Iran.
Emphasizing the regional importance of the Islamic Republic, Chang-hee said that Seoul is willing to take big steps towards boosting ties with Iran.
Heading a parliamentary delegation, Boroujerdi, is in Seoul for a three-day visit after an earlier trip to Iran by a South Korean parliamentary team.
Boroujerdi also met with South Korean foreign minister Yun Byung-se on April 24.
The foreign minister expressed hope that bilateral ties would further enhance in all areas of politics, economy and culture.
Yun Byung-se also commented on negotiations between Iran and the six major world powers over Tehran's nuclear energy program.
He said South Korean firms are closely monitoring the negotiations and are keen on further trade exchanges with the Islamic Republic.
Boroujerdi, for his part, made a reference to age-old Tehran-Seoul relations, saying that existing trade exchanges between the two countries necessitate closer mutual political, economic and cultural interactions.
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