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Foreign Ministry Responds to Unfounded Report on Ties with South Korea

2020-07-30 12:11:47
The Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has released an announcement in response to an article titled “Who emboldened the Koreans?” which was published in the Iranian press.

1. Basically, there was no phone call between the spokesperson of the South Korean Foreign Ministry and the esteemed ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran to Seoul, and this is a baseless claim altogether.

2. The meeting which took place was between the ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran to Seoul and the director general for Middle East affairs. In the meeting, no mention was made about the comments of the esteemed governor of the Central Bank of Iran (CBI).

3. Following the meeting, the Korean news agency Yonhap published a groundless report indicating the Iranian ambassador had been “summoned”, and attributed certain remarks to the ambassador.

4. Over the past two years, high on the agenda and a pivotal issue in Iran-South Korea relations has been to provide access to the financial resources of the central bank in South Korea. Accordingly, in addition to receiving South Korea’s special envoy, dozens of meetings were held in Tehran and Seoul with South Korean authorities. Obviously, the nature of the responsibilities of the foreign ministry requires that it should not publicly announce all of its activities.

5. In accordance with its fundamental duties, the foreign ministry deliberately facilitates foreign relations, including economic ties with other countries, and stands by other institutions in the country in line with carrying out this mission. It goes without saying that this does not negate, nor does it replace the basic duty of other institutions, and the foreign ministry cannot act on their behalf. So, pertinent authorities are filing a lawsuit against the delinquent Korean banks at competent courts, and this has been announced by the respected governor of the central bank.

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