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, there are many analyzes that Iran has an intention to come out strong while even mentioning the possibility of nuclear armament by President Yoon Seok-yeol.

Reporter Kim A-young pointed out what the background was for us and Iran to confront each other in this way.


Iran's foreign funds were frozen in 2018 when then US President Trump withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal and restored sanctions against Iran.

The largest amount, 7 billion dollars, is tied up in Korea.

It is an evaluation that Iran's accumulated dissatisfaction has been expressed with this issue as there is no sign of the funding freeze being lifted.

For this reason, the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs even included the issue of freezing funds in the statement announced while summoning our ambassador.

Iran's domestic political situation is also irrelevant.

It is pointed out that the anti-government protests that started after the mysterious death of a woman not wearing a hijab can be used as an opportunity to avoid an internal crisis with anti-government protests.

[Yoo Dal-seung/Professor of Persian Language and Iranian Studies at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies: Since the support base and public opinion are considerably deteriorating, I think there is a high possibility of maximizing this opportunity to transfer these things to the outside world.]

Opinion on human rights in Iran As this worsens, it is analyzed that there is also a personality that presses Korea, which has the right to vote in the international community.

My government voted in favor last month when Iran was expelled from UN Women.

The fact that the government, which had refrained from responding, turned around today (19th) seems to have judged that Iran, which is suspected of developing nuclear weapons, crossed the line by mentioning compliance with the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and NPT, referring to President Yoon Seok-yeol's remarks.

It is to prevent the spread of unnecessary suspicion in the international community at an early stage.

Despite repeated explanations from diplomatic authorities, it is also evaluated that Iran's diplomatic strategy, which continues to demand additional clarification, has sent a warning message in response to the ambassador's chochi.

(Video coverage: Park Young-il · Choi Jun-sik, video editing: Park Ji-in)



Reporter Kim A-young, who just delivered the report, is here.

Q. The history of Iran's nuclear development sanctions...

Chochi background?

[Reporter Kim Ah-young: Although Iran is within the nuclear non-proliferation treaty, the NPT system, it is under US sanctions for allegedly promoting nuclear development.

Furthermore, Iran has threatened several times that it can withdraw from the NPT if it refers its nuclear program to the Security Council.

The United States has defined Iran as a rogue country, but there is virtually no reason for Iran to tell us about NFT compliance.

So, I think I decided that it was necessary to change the situation more decisively and actively.]

Q. How far is the Korea-Iran aftermath?

[Reporter Kim A-young: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been trying to evolve the situation for a while, but in the end, the situation even happened where the ambassadors of the two countries were called.

The worrying point is that Iran seems likely to respond by escalating the waters in the future.

If you look at it once since President Yoon's remarks, the response continues from the statement of the spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to the announcement of the embassy's position and the invitation of the ambassador.

Two years ago, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard captured our ship in the Strait of Hormuz, and there are voices of concern that this will happen again.

The fact that the Korea Shipping Association requested that ships passing through this area be careful about safety yesterday also seems to have a nature of preparation in advance.]

Q. How will the government respond in the future?

[Reporter Kim Ah-young: I've heard some stories from Middle East experts.

It is evaluated that it is desirable to continue to communicate with Iran through open channels and to seal it as soon as possible.

This is because we do not want to give Iran the excuse to use this issue as much as possible.

That's why there are voices saying

that special measures such as dispatching a special envoy should also be considered.]

Government responds to Iranian ambassador's invitation