Iran summons S. Korea envoy over president’s remarks

International Desk

Iran on Wednesday summoned South Korea’s ambassador to protest President Yoon Suk Yeol who had called the Islamic Republic an “enemy” and “the biggest threat” to the United Arab Emirates during a recent visit to the Arab country.

Deputy Foreign Minister Reza Najafi told Ambassador Yun Kanghyeon that Yoon’s remarks were “interference” in friendly relations between Iran and Persian Gulf nations that could “undermine regional peace and stability”.

Najafi demanded an “immediate explanation” about Yoon’s remarks and urged South Korea to “quickly correct” its approach.

Iran had already rejected the comments, saying they “totally lack diplomatic validity”.

The main opposition Democratic Party of Korea (DPK) took a swipe at the president, calling the case a “diplomatic disaster” that harms national interests, Yonhap News Agency reported.

“The remarks could deepen a negative perception that Korea regards Iran as a military threat,” the party said in a statement.

DPK leader Lee Jae-myung also said Yoon’s remarks were “unicellular” and “biased.”

“It is truly regrettable that he cannot make the most basic judgment,” Lee said in the party’s Supreme Council meeting, likening the incident to a “diplomatic disaster.”

Lee also said the “very wrong and thoughtless remarks” have put the UAE in a difficult position.