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Korea-Iran joint statement supports denuclearization, peaceful unification

Korea and Iran have adopted a joint statement in support of a world without nuclear weapons and the peaceful unification of the Korean Peninsula. This comprehensive statement is the outcome of the Korea-Iran summit between President Park Geun-hye and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani that took place in Tehran on May 2. 

This is the first joint statement ever between Korea and Iran, ever since the two countries forged a diplomatic relationship in 1962. The official name of the joint statement is the “Joint Statement on the Comprehensive Partnership Between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Republic of Korea.” 

The joint statement is composed of seven sections: an introduction; a section that outlines cooperation on the political arena; a section that covers the economy, the arts, sports, education and tourism; a section that outlines regional cooperation on the Korean Peninsula and across the Middle East; cooperation on the judiciary branch; cooperation on security matters; and, a conclusion. 


박근혜 대통령과 하산 로하니 대통령의 2일 한-이란 정상회담 결과물로 1962년 양국간 수교 이후 최초로 공동성명이 체텍됐다. 사진은 테헤란에서 한-이란 정상회담(위)과 공동 기자회견을 갖는 박 대통령과 로하니 대통령.

The two leaders expressed their support for the objective of a nuclear weapons-free world, reaffirmed their commitment to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and denuclearization, and stated their support for efforts toward these ends. They agreed that developing nuclear weapons can never enhance security. The two presidents also emphasized the importance of maintaining peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula. In this regard, the Iranian government supported the aspirations of all the Korean people for a peaceful unification of the Korean Peninsula. 

“We support peace on the Korean Peninsula. In principle, we are opposed to any kind of development of nuclear weapons,” President Rouhani said at the joint conference after the Korea-Iran summit talks, mentioning his country’s “principle toward disarmament and denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula and in the Middle East.” 

The joint statement also covered other areas of mutual interest. In the political arena, the two countries agreed to regularize meetings between foreign ministers. In terms of the economy, the two governments agreed to convene the Iran-Korea Joint Economic Commission on a yearly basis. 

Also in the joint statement, both countries clearly outlined their cooperation on the energy sector, including oil and gas, and their cooperation on the joint stockpiling of Iranian crude oil in Korea for the benefit of providing a stable energy supply. They agreed to strengthen cooperation on new energy industries, such as smart electricity grids, on the sciences, technology and information & communications, on maritime affairs, as well as on fishing, the environment and forestry. 

In terms of the arts, sports, education and tourism, the two countries agreed to designate the year 2017 as the 'Year of Korea-Iran Cultural Exchange' and to establish cultural centers in their respective capitals in the near future. Tehran and Seoul expressed their will to establish a Korean Language Department at an Iranian university as soon as possible.

Finally, the joint statement contained President Park’s invitation to President Rouhani to visit Korea and President Rouhani accepted the invitation to come to Seoul. 

By Wi Tack-whan, Yoon Sojung
Korea.net Staff Writers 
Photos: Cheong Wa Dae