Tehran (IP) - Chairman of the Iranian Parliament National Security and Foreign Policy Commission said: "South Korean officials must release the blocked Iranian money as soon as possible."

Iran Press/Iran news: In a video conference with Song Young Gil, the head of the Foreign Policy Commission of the National Assembly in South Korea, Mojtaba Zonnouri said: "Iran is rich in mineral resources and can meet South Korea's needs, and the Iranian market can be a good opportunity for the South Korean products."

Criticizing the US unilateral interference in the relations between countries, the Iranian MP said: "The countries should not allow interference in their relations because the US president's interventions are an insult to the international community."

Referring to the economic cooperation between Iran and South Korea, which faced problems with Trump in office, Song Young Gil also expressed hope that Tehran-Seoul relations in political and economic fields would improve with the beginning of Joe Biden's presidency in the United States.

Condemning the assassination of an Iranian scientist, Martyr Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, Song called it a great crime.

Iran has frozen assets in South Korean banks, which the government refuses to pay under the pretext of sanctions.

According to the Chairman of the Iran-South Korea Joint Chamber of Commerce Hossein Tanhaee, “the amount of Iran’s blocked assets in South Korea is between $6.5 billion and $9 billion, where South Korea was supposed to release $50 million, but they didn’t.”

In late May of this year, South Korea exported the first shipment worth of $500,000 containing medicine and medical supplies to Iran after receiving Washington's permission.

South Korea has been seeking to expand humanitarian exports to Iran to about $2 million, including coronavirus test kits and other supplies.

South Korea's foreign ministry said on June 6th that the country had set up an inter-organizational and communications team to facilitate and promote trade with Iran.

On July 16th, Mahmoud Vaezi, Iran's Chief of Presidential Staff, called on the South Korean government to facilitate and accelerate Iran's access to its blocked funds in South Korea.

South Korea has been one of Iran's trading partners, refusing to release Iranian currency at its banks following US sanctions and threats to cooperate with Iran.


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