TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Iran’s Foreign Ministry welcomed warming ties between South and North Koreas after decades of hostility, stressing that the de-escalation process should exclude any foreign intervention, particularly from the US which has proved to be an untrustworthy party.
In a statement on Saturday, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi said Tehran welcomes the efforts by the North and South Korean leaders to mend ties and defuse tensions, hailing the peace process as a “responsible step in the right path that could greatly contribute to the regional and international sustainable peace and security.”
Reiterating Iran’s policy of opposition to the production, stockpiling or use of weapons of mass destruction, the spokesperson said the Islamic Republic supports denuclearization efforts.
He then underscored that such “new and historical chapter in the Korean Peninsula’s détente must continue vigilantly, bilaterally and without any interference or provocation by the trans-regional countries.
Qassemi further pointed to the dark record of the US government in dishonoring commitments, saying the peace process between the two Koreas should exclude the US influence.
Iran’s experience of the past 40 years, particularly about the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), indicates that the US government is an untrustworthy actor that does not honor its commitments to the international agreements, he noted.
The reaction came after North Korea's Kim Jong-un and South Korea's Moon Jae-in held a historical meeting on Friday for talks on "complete denuclearization" of the peninsula and a peace treaty.
In a statement, the leaders pledged to sign a peace treaty later this year and involve the United States and potentially China in the process.