The aftermath of President Yoon Seok-yeol's remarks that "the enemy of the United Arab Emirates is Iran" continues.

When the Iranian government summoned our ambassador in Tehran, the capital, to strongly protest, the Korean government also invited the Iranian ambassador to Korea to respond, raising tensions.

Reporter Jung Yoon-sik reports.


Yesterday (19th) morning, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned Iranian Ambassador to Korea Saeed Vadamchi Shavestari.

First Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Cho Hyun-dong said at this meeting that President Yoon Seok-yeol's remark that the UAE's enemy is Iran was "a word of encouragement for our soldiers who are on duty in the UAE," adding, "It has nothing to do with Iran's international relations, such as Korea-Iran relations. He reiterated his position.

The day before, Iran summoned Korean Ambassador to Iran Yoon Kang-hyun and demanded an explanation, saying that President Yoon Seok-yeol's remarks about the possibility of nuclear armament were in violation of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, and dismissed it as an unfounded issue.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs explained that "President Yoon's remarks were only intended to strengthen the effectiveness of extended deterrence in response to North Korea's nuclear threat."

The Iranian government protested President Yoon's remarks, saying that Iran maintains friendly relations with the Persian Gulf countries, and demanded immediate explanations and corrections.

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Contrary to the Foreign Ministry's explanation that communication between the governments on this issue is smooth, tensions in the relationship between the two countries are increasing as the ambassador Chochi Kang-soo continues.

(Video coverage: Choi Jun-shik, video editing: Park Ki-deok)