Ali Baqeri and Choi Jong-kun, South Korea’s vice foreign minister who has traveled to Vienna for talks on Iran’s blocked assets in the East Asian country, met in the Austrian capital on Thursday.
During the meeting, Baqeri underscored Seoul’s duty to unfreeze Iran’s assets.
The United States’ unilateral sanctions can be no justification for refusing to pay the debts to Iran, he said.
Baqeri said Seoul’s unlawful and unjustified refusal to release the assets would mark a dark page in the history of bilateral ties, urging South Korea to unblock them as soon as possible.
The South Korean official, for his part, stressed the importance of Seoul-Tehran ties and said his country is making efforts to pay its debts to the Islamic Republic.
The meeting, which was held at the request of the South Korean side, was not directly linked to the negotiations to revive the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) underway in Vienna.
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