South Korean Prime Minister departed for Iran on Sunday for bilateral talks over Tehran's call to unlock its frozen funds frozen under US sanctions.

Iran PressAsia: During his three-day visit that ends Tuesday, Chung Sye-kyun is expected to discuss ways to enhance the Seoul-Tehran relations and other matters. The visit marks the first such trip by a South Korean premier in 44 years, Yonhap News Agency reported.

The visit came two days after the Iranian government released a Korean oil tanker and its captain who were detained over oil pollution.

South Korea seized some US $7 billion Iranian funds in early January, related to the US nuclear sanctions on Iran.

Upon his arrival in Iran, Chung is scheduled to talk with Iranian first Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri. He is also set to meet with Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf, the Iranian Parliament Speaker, and Ali Larijani, the Adviser of the Leader of Iran's Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei.

A meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is also being arranged, according to Chung's office.

In addition, Chung is scheduled to meet with officials of South Korean companies operating in Iran, including Samsung Electronics, LG Electronics Inc., and SK Networks Co.


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