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Iran President push for Korean peninsula free of nuclear weapons

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani today pushed for a Korean peninsula free of nuclear weapons, the official IRNA news agency reported.

Rouhani met with visiting South Korean President Park Geun-hye and said Iran seeks a world free of weapons of mass destruction, “especially nuclear” weapons.

“Our demand is a world free of weapons of mass destruction, especially freeing the Korean peninsula and the Middle East from destructive weapons,” he said.

Park said she has asked for Iran’s help in implementing UN Security Council resolutions calling for the nuclear disarmament of the Korean peninsula.

The remarks were aimed at North Korea, which has been hit with tough UN sanctions over its nuclear weapons program.

North Korea has conducted four nuclear bomb tests and tested a long-range rocket earlier this year.

Park arrived in Tehran yesterday for the first visit by a South Korean president to Iran since 1962.

Rouhani said both sides agreed to increase their bilateral trade from the current USD 6 billion per year to USD 18 billion in the coming years.

They also signed a number of agreements in the fields of oil and gas, railroads, tourism, and technology, and agreed to re-establish direct flights between Tehran and Seoul Iran has been seeking to reintegrate into the global economic system since nuclear-related sanctions were lifted in January under a landmark deal with world powers.

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