I am pleased to welcome you to the website of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea (ROK) to the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI). Let me introduce the relationship between ROK and IRI briefly to you as follows:
(Iran and Korea Relations) Our two countries have a distinguished record of cooperation and cultural affinity. Although I arrived in Iran recently, I have been feeling that Iranian people think korean people as their close friends, reliable business partners and culturally communicable ethnic group. Naturally Iranian people are also regarded as the same to korean people.
Iran is well known for its long and glorious history, tradition and culture. Masterpieces of ancient Persian architecture and brilliant poetry created by Hafez and Ferdowsi are undoubtedly one of the greatest cultural heritages in the world history. A largely successful exhibition of 'The Glory of Persia', which was held in 2008 in Korean museums, attracted more than 1 million Korean visitors and provided them with a precious opportunity to understand and admire Iranian history and culture. Reciprocally, recently broadcasted Korean TV dramas such as 'Jangeum' and 'Jumong' enjoyed a huge popularity among Iranian people and Korean traditional performance team's visit to Iran in 2009 was largely applauded too. I believe these kinds of cultural exchanges will contribute to consolidating mutual understanding and friendship between two people stronger and stronger
The area of Iran is almost eight times bigger than that of the Korean peninsula. Iran enjoys an important strategic geographical location. Iran stands out as one of the West Asia region’s biggest economy and political power. Iran has proved itself to be a persistent supplier of oil and gas to the world. Iran possesses abundant natural resources, such as crude oil and gas. Iran ranks No. 2 both for crude oil and gas reserves in the world.
Korea is at the center of Northeast Asia, between China and Japan, and Russia to the north. Korea has maintained its ethnic, cultural and linguistic identity for about 5,000 years throughout the Korean peninsula and in the some part of the continent. From the ashes of war between two Koreas, the Republic of Korea rose as one of the world’s strongest economic powers in five decades.
(Diverse Relations) Looking back on past years, I am very pleased to note that the relations between Korea and Iran have steadily grown since the establishment of diplomatic ties in 1962. The increases in substantial cooperation and exchanges between our two nations have already been witnessed in various areas. Both people have shared high level of intimacy through respect and affection towards each other. A large number of citizens in Tehran are passing along Seoul Street everyday and Tehran Street in Seoul is famous for a center of Korean business. These streets naming each other's capital clearly symbolize firm solidarity and close friendship between two countries.
As to the economic relations, two-way trade volume between two countries amounted to US$ 10 billion in 2009, and Iran remained one of the main crude oil supplier for Korea, which accounts for some 10% of the total oil import in 2009. These statistics obviously show that two countries are placed in strategically important positions to each other. Furthermore, Korea International Cooperation Agency(KOICA) has launched US$ 4 million project to build a technical training center for automobile in Iran which is expected to be completed within this year. This project will be valued as a typical model of Iranian-Korean economic cooperation in terms of technical assistance. The Korean government will continue to review and seek more projects which bring about mutual benefits and close cooperation for both people.
(Commitment to Expanding Relations) The Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Tehran is committed to do its best to expand mutual understanding and cooperation between the Republic of Korea and the Islamic Republic of Iran. Moreover, Iran and Korea will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relationship in 2012. The Korean Embassy is now preparing some events prior to the big ceremony. First, Korean national Taekwondo team will give performances in Tehran and Isfahan in October 2010 and Korean traditional performance team will visit Iran in November 2010 respectively. In 2011, a lot of meaningful events and cultural exchanges in both countries will appear on the stage. It is a great pleasure for me as an ambassador to witness such an extraordinary occasion. I firmly believe that the 50th anniversary of diplomatic ties will definitely add another momentum to strengthen mutual relationship between our two countries.
Also the Embassy will provide excellent services to Iranians who seek information about Korea and try to obtain visas.
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