Discussion on S. Korea-Iran ties

South Korean President Park Geun-hye’s recent visit to Iran was the first time that a South Korean president had visited Iran since the two countries established diplomatic relations in 1962. During the meeting, the two countries announced their goal to triple annual trade volume to 18 billion US dollars. How will the new deals shape future bilateral ties? Could South Korea’s dependence on Iran for oil become significant enough to influence Seoul’s political stance in the international arena? Additionally, Iran’s Supreme leader Khamenei warned that relations between the two countries should not be impacted by the US’s interventions to undermine bilateral trade. What does this say about Iran’s approach to developing relations with US allies in the future? Join us for a discussion with Teng Jianqun, director of the Center of Arms Control from the China Institute of International Studies, in Washington DC, US, Eunjung Lim, Lecturer of Korea Studies at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and in Tehran, Iran, Mohammad Marandi, Dean of World Faculty Studies at the University of Tehran.

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