Seoul visits Tehran South Korean President Park Geun-hye went on a three-day visit to Tehran to boost trade ties. Geun-hye is the first South Korean President to visit the country since relations commenced in 1962. Over 200 businessmen/women and government officials were on the trip to sign deals and memorandums of understandings in banking, energy exploration, infrastructure building, and technology. President Hassan Rouhani announced that trade ties would increase from the current $6 billion annually to $18 billion. President Geun-hye also met with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei, who called for “sustainable cooperation” between the two countries.
President Rouhani also commented on nuclear weapons while with his South Korean counterpart. The Iranian president noted, "Security in the Korean Peninsula and the Middle East is important for both countries. We want peace and stability in the Korean Peninsula, and on principle we are opposed to any type of weapons of mass destruction. [Iran's] desires are a world free of weapons of mass destruction, especially a Korean Peninsula and the Middle East free of weapons of destruction, especially nuclear."