Tehran (IP) - Iran's foreign ministry spokesman criticized the South Korean ministry of defense for distorting the name of the Persian Gulf.

Iran Press/Iran news: Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Seyyed Abbas Mousavi on Tuesday criticized the South Korean Defense Ministry's move to distort the name of the Persian Gulf.

He tweeted on Tuesday that if the country's Defense Ministry does not know the historic name of the Persian Gulf, does it possess the required knowledge (of this locality) to dispatch military forces to this region?

South Korea's military has said it plans to expand the deployment of an anti-piracy unit now operating off the coast of Africa to the area around the Strait of Hormuz.

Mousavi said mutual respect and accepting facts are the basis for relations between civilized nations.

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