- North Korea
A senior Iranian diplomat has held talks with a delegation from the Supreme People's Assembly of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea in Tehran.
The North Korean parliamentary delegation, led by Pak Chol-min, Vice Chairman of the Supreme People's Assembly of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and head of Iran-North Korea parliamentary friendship group, had a meeting with Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Seyyed Abbas Araqchi.
In the meeting, the two sides talked about the enhancement of cooperation between the two countries on the parliamentary, political, economic and international issues.
The Korean official described the visit to Tehran by a delegation of parliamentary friendship group from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea as an ideal opportunity for the development of relations, and hailed the Iranian government and nation’s success in dealing with the US sanctions.
“The two countries have always enjoyed and will enjoy good and friendly ties in various arenas,” the North Korean official said.
For his part, the Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister congratulated Kim Jong-un on re-election as Chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, saying, “The US’ main instrument against independent countries, such as Iran and North Korea, is the use of economic sanctions. Nonetheless, it (the US) has been unable to shake the determination of the two countries over the past decades.”
“The US has proved to be an unreliable party for dialogue, both in the exit from the JCPOA and in the negotiations with North Korea. In an unusual measure in the international order, the US government has imposed sanction on Iran’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Zarif -who is widely acknowledged in the international arena- and, on the other hand, talks about negotiations,” Araqchi added.
The Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister also expressed the Islamic Republic of Iran’s readiness and willingness to broaden political interaction with North Korea at various levels, particularly by making preparations for Dr. Mohammad Javad Zarif’s trip to Pyongyang, in response to his Koran counterpart’s last year’s visit to Iran, and considering Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani’s trip to North Korea.