The Korean daily media headlines and humor
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Feb. 18, 2016

The Korean daily media headlines and humor

Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016

Your Excellency:

Here are The Korea Post news and roundup of important headlines from all major Korean-language dailies, TV and other news media of Korea this morning:

Lee Kyung-sik


Korea Post Media

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A very ‘easy’ nurse!

Quick lottery:

After wife's delivery, husband asks the nurse, "How soon do you think we will be able to have sex?"

Nurse: "Meet me after 20 minutes at the parking lot! And don't talk so loudly..."


With age ? comes wisdom!

A 70 year old retired army officer had one hobby--he loved to fish.

He was sitting in his boat the other day when he heard a voice say, 'Pick me up!' He looked around and couldn't see anyone.

He thought he was dreaming when he heard the voice say again, ''Pick me up.'

He looked in the water and there, floating on the top, was a frog.

The retired officer said, 'Are you talking to me?'

The frog said, “Yes, I'm talking to you. Pick me up, then kiss me; and I'll turn into the most beautiful woman you have ever seen. I'll make sure that all your friends are envious and jealous, because I will be your bride!”

The retired officer looked at the frog for a short time, reached over, picked it up carefully and placed it in his shirt pocket.

The frog said, “What, are you nuts? Didn't you hear what I said?I said, ‘Kiss me, and I will be your beautiful bride.’”

He opened his pocket, looked at the frog and said, “Nah. At my age, I'd rather have a talking frog.”

With age - comes wisdom!


*Editor’s note: 1. The above humor was contributed by a big-hearted former ambassador to Korea from a Central Asian country, who has a great heart for all his colleagues in Korea.

2. Contribution of humor is welcome from all our readers to be shared with their fellow diplomats and readers.

3. Do you have jokes and/or funny stories? Share them with your colleagues! They would be tickled and greatly love you for your contribution. The contributors are identified only when they wish to be mentioned.?Ed.


Ambassador Gerhard Sabathil of the European Union Delegation (16th from left) and Mayor Park Won-soon of the Seoul Metropolitan City (13th from left) pose with other EU ambassadors at a luncheon he hosted in Seoul yesterday.

First such meeting in four years

Amb.Sabathil of EU hosts informal luncheon for Mayor Park of Seoul, EU envoys

Ambassador Gerhard Sabathil of the European Union Delegation in Seoul hosted an informal luncheon in Seoul yesterday (Feb. 7, 2016) for the 22 ambassadors of the member countriew or the EU as well as Mayor Park Won-sun of the Seoul Metropolitan City.

No details of the meeting were immediately available as it was an undisclosed meeting.

However, it was learned that the participating ambassadors of Europe and Mayor Park had a round of free discussions on a wide range of topics related with environment, culture and various other topics with an eye to increasing cooperation between the participating countries and the Seoul City.

This is the first such meeting since the last one hosted by the former EU ambassador in Seoul in 2012.



South Korea, US Begin THAAD Talks

Washington's Department of Defense has confirmed that South Korean and U.S. officials have begun talks over the...

China Requests S. Korea, US to Cancel THAAD Deployment

Gov't to Push Ahead with Investment Projects on Standby

Unification Minister: 'Politicizing Gaeseong Closure Undesirable'

Ex-NIS Official: S. Korea Did Not Violate UN Sanctions over Gaeseong Money

S. Korea Urges Japan Not to Damage Sex Slavery Agreement

Gov't to Push Ahead with Investment Projects on Standby


Foreign Currency Deposits Fall to Lowest in 22 Months

Gov't Set to Suspend Humanitarian Aid to N. Korea

'70% of Gaeseong Wages Flowed into N. Korea's Ruling Party'

N. Korea Defense Minister Issues Threat

Japanese Defense Chief Calls for Tighter Defense Collaboration

South Korea, US Begin THAAD Talks

China Requests S. Korea, US to Cancel THAAD Deployment


Yonhap (

U.S. confirms holding first THAAD talks with S. Korea

The United States and South Korea have launched official talks on the potential deployment of the U.S. THAAD missile defense system to the South, the Pentagon announced Wednesday

US$44 mln necessary to implement N.K. sanctions bill for 5 years

About US$44 million would be needed for the next five years to implement a North Korea sanctions bill that Congress has overwhelmingly approved in response to Pyongyang's nuclear and missile tests, the Congressional Budget Office estimates.

S. Korean banks' profit nearly halves in 2015

South Korean banks saw their earnings almost halve in 2015 from the previous year as they earned less interest income and had to set aside more loan-loss reserves, the financial watchdog said Thursday.

S. Korea hopes to work with U.S. to force change in N.K. behavior: senior official

South Korea wants to work closely with the United States to force a change in North Korea's behavior so as to curb its nuclear and missile development, a senior South Korean official said Wednesday.

Park calls for support of sharing economy

President Park Geun-hye on Wednesday called for government support for a sharing economy, a move that could give a boost to nascent businesses driven mostly by smartphone apps.


The Korea Herald (

Korea eyes new industries, services in huge corporate investment plan

President Park speaks during a meeting to boost trade and investment at Cheong Wa Dae on Wednesday. (Yonhap)Park calls ...

U.S. flies F-22s in show of force

The United States on Wednesday flew four of its F-22 stealth fighter jets over South Korean air...

Youth unemployment hits 16-year high

Korea’s youth unemployment rose to a 16-year high in January as a sluggish economy created mor...

Korea to see robust IPO market in 2016

South Korea’s stock market will see another booming year with a record-high volume of initial ...

Heiress’ new role could reshape Shinsegae

Like other chaebol daughters in South Korea, Chung Yu-kyung has stayed under the shadow of her elder brot...

Ambiguous stance

The Gaeseong complex incident has created another split in public opinion over state policy,...

Volatile crude prices

South Korea is enjoying cheap crude prices even though some industrial sectors, such as thos...


The Korea Times (

Korea-US drills shifting to offensive

Joint military drills by South Korea and the United States are becoming more offensive-oriented, shifting the focus toward infiltration and preemptive strikes away from defense against North Korean attacks. The changing objectiv...

'Chinese electric carmakers to emerge as global brands' 

China’s electric car makers, including BYD and Beijing Automotive Industry Holding Co. (BAIC), will become competitive enough to emerge as global brands, a lo... 

Government will ease rules to nurture sharing economy

Currently, it is illegal for homeowners to provide accommodation sharing services like Airbnb to e... 

'We will keep pursuing new style of music, even if it means not topping the charts' 

K-pop girl group 4Minute of Cube Entertainment is already in their seventh year since they first d... 

Court rules in favor of mayor's son 

The Seoul Central District Court fined a doctor 15 million won ($12,240), Wednesday, for spreading... 

Single-person households grow 8-fold in 3 decades 

The number of single-person households has grown nearly eight times in 30 years, data showed Wedne...

Samsung boosting overseas businesses through M&As 

Samsung Electronics has boosted its overseas businesses through aggressive mergers and acquisitions (M&A), a report by the Financial Supervisory Service (FSS)... 

Parents clash over Danwon classrooms 

Controversy rises over memorial space at school for Sewol ferry victims


DongAIlbo (

Seismologiststs warn of volcanic eruption caused by N. Korean nuclear tests

A team of South Korean experts warned Wednesday that if an intensified North Korean nuclear test causes an earthquake with a magn…

Referee shot dead by player during football match in Argentina

A referee was shot and killed by a player during a football match. According to AFP on Wednesday, the player shot referee C?sar F…

Tensions rise as China deploys SAM launchers in Paracel

China has deployed surface-to-air missile (SAMs) launchers in the Paracel Islands, which are located in the northwest side of the…

Kaesong Industrial Park’s closure to deal double blow’ to N.K., say experts

The growth rate of the North Korean economy is shown to have decreased in tune with a fall in North Korea-China trade last year d…

Korea should seek currency alliance with U.S., Japan for currency war

The Monetary Policy Committee of the central Bank of Korea (BOK) has left the key interest rate unchanged at 1.5 percent on Tuesd…

The revenge of Gimbap

Whenever I went on a field trip as an elementary school student, my mom always prepared this for me:


ChosunIlbo (

Older Koreans Now Constitute Largest Voting Group

Voters over 60 outnumber voters in their 40s for the first time ever as Korea heads toward the general elections in April. Government statistics of registered voters as of late January shows that 9.7 million people were 60 years or older. >> Full Text

S. Koreans Urged to Shun N. Korean Restaurants Abroad

The government is urging South Koreans traveling or living abroad to avoid North Korean restaurants. "We cautioned citizens residing abroad about the present political situation and advised them not to frequent North Korean restaurants," an official said. >> Full Text

Nongshim Sells W10 Trillion Worth of Instant Noodles

Cumulative sales of Nongshim's popular brand of instant noodles surpassed W10 trillion over the last 30 years. This is the first time that cumulative sales of any single Korean food product surpassed that amount. >> Full Text

U.S. Expert Warns of Nuclear Arms Race in East Asia

F-22 Stealth Fighter Jets Arriving in Korea


HankyorehShinmoon (

Are Park’s remarks a transformation of her N. Korea policy?

In her address to parliament, Pres. Park makes no mention of dialogue or negotiations with the North

The approach, goals and methods of South Korean President Park Geun-hye’s response to North Korea’s nuclear weapon test and rocket launch that she outlined in her address to the National Assembly on Feb. 16 are simple. She promised to work with the international community to maintain and intensify pressure and sanctions in order to create “an environment in which the North Korean regime will realize that nuclear development will only bring about collapse and will have no choice but to change on its own.”

Expert rebuts Defense Ministry’s claims about THAAD missile interception

A US missile defense expert fired back at claims by the South Korean Ministry of National Defense disputing his contention on that propellant explosion technology seen in North Korea’s Feb. 7 long-range rocket launch could render a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system useless. In several recent emails and telephone interviews with the Hankyoreh’s Washington correspondent, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) emeritus professor Theodore Postol delivered a point-by-point rebuttal to what he claimed were erroneous claims by the ministry. .

Expert says S. Korean government has overstated THAAD’s efficacy[Interview] Missile defense systems expert says THAAD could prove useless

Former US official agrees that THAAD won’t work well for S. Korea Expert says S. Korean government has overstated THAAD’s efficacy. In addition to his claims about the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system being effectively useless in intercepting North Korean missiles with explosive devices attached, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) emeritus professor Theodore Postol also cited a number of problems with South Korean Ministry of National Defense claims overstating the system’s efficacy since North Korea’s recent long-range rocket launch. .

Expert rebuts Defense Ministry’s claims about THAAD missile interception

Former US official agrees that THAAD won’t work well for S. Korea[Analysis] US experts question THAAD’s ability to intercept North Korean missiles Migrant worker who fled in panic now given opportunity to learn Shain, a 38-year-old migrant worker from Bangladesh, jumped out of a second-floor window in late 2013 while fleeing South Korean immigration officers, breaking both his legs. Despite over two years of treatment since then, he still cannot walk two meters without crutches. At the time, the Office of Immigration explained its overheated response by saying it had been “tipped off that Shain was a terrorist,” but the charges against him weren’t made public.“


JoongAngIlbo(conservative): (

U.S. F-22 Raptors deployed to rattle Pyongyang

In a move intended to intimidate North Korea, the United States sent on Wednesday its most advanced stealth fighter jets to the Osan Air Base in preparation for the largest-ever joint military exercises next month with South Korea. Four F-22 Raptors arrived around noon at the U.S. Forces Korea’s air base in Pyeongtaek, southern Gyeonggi…

Park switches her focus to clear path for local business

The main focus of the Park Geun-hye administration’s economic policy has shifted from restoring exports to boosting domestic demand and the service sector…

Claims against Seoul mayor’s son false: court

Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon was cleared by a Seoul court Wednesday after being hassled for years with allegations that his son dodged mandatory military service…

Won value hits its lowest level since July 2010

Korea’s foreign exchange market has been shaken once again by global turmoil, with the won’s value falling to its lowest level in more than five and a half years…

Regime’s allies factored in drills

Seoul and Washington discussed last week countermeasures for the possibility that the Chinese or Russian militaries could deploy strategic assets…

Sans his aides, Kim pays respects to late father

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un paid tribute to his late father Kim Jong-il with only his wife by his side on what would have been the former ruler’s 74th birthday,…


The KyunghyangShinmoon(

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Incheon Int'l Airport, With Its Securi···

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Samsung Partner Company Workers May Go Blind Due t···

Temporary agency workers in their twenties hired by a tertiary subcontractor that supplies cell phone parts to Samsung Electronics face the threat of losing the···


The Korea Economic Daily (

Won-Dollar Exchange Rate Hits 1,225 Level...Highest in 67 Months

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Regulation on R&D Center Construction in South Seoul to Be Scrapped

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Simone Investment Managers to Invest $100 Mil. in San Francisco Landmark Hotel

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Samsung Electronics to Release Galaxy Tab E in South Korea

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3D customized total replacement and stem cell treatment

YonseiSarang Hospital stands out in specialized treatment of joint patients

What part of the body is most frequently used in man’s every-day life?

Perhaps it comes in the order of neck, waist, shoulders and legs. Many people complain pain in the neck that comes from the fast-increasing use of smart phones. Then come the patients who complain pain in the neck that comes also from excessive use of smart phones.

Also on the fast increase are people suffering from obesity from lack of exercise who complain pain in the waist and knee joints. People who spend much time on computers also complain pain in the shoulders.

(The Korea Post is organizing a tour of for the ambassadors and madams to this Hospital on Friday March 4, 2106 where the diplomats are offered a free medical check-up. Please scroll down to the end of this article for a detailed itinerary. Please scroll down to the end for a detailed article and more photos on the Hospital?Ed.)

Dr. Koh Yong-gon, CEO and president of YonseiSarang Hospital

These working people are treated at the neurosurgery and orthopedic departments of the hospitals.

There are so many hospitals in Korea that treat patients suffering from joint and spine problems and naturally competition among them is very keen.

Among them is the YonseiSarang Hospital in Seoul. This hospital was established by the graduates of Yonsei University in Seoul, a most prestigious private university in Korea, and has been growing very fast in spite of the keen competition among hospitals. YonseiSarang specializes in the treatment of patients suffering from joint and spine problems. The Hospital is one of the largest in Korea that specialize in the treatment of patients suffering from joints and spine.

Established in 2003, the Hospital has a motto and slogan reading, “We provide the best treatment and give hopes to the patients!” Thus the Hospital tries to free the patients from the pains and worries of their spine and joint.

The YonseiSarang Hospital is well known not only among the Seoulites but also the people in the countryside. This is why a large number of patients visit the Hospital also from all parts of the country.

PresidentKoh Yong-gon (M.D.) of the Hospital makes it a rule to visit the patients in the countryside once or twice each month, who have undergone treatment at his hospital, to see how they are faring after their treatment at his hospital as well as providing the local people with medical consultation.

The Hospital has doctors specializing in the many different fields such as knees, shoulders, feet, spine and various other parts of the human body and this is why the Hospital is so widely known among the patients for fast recovery from their problems.

The YonseiSarang Hospital is located in the Gangnam District south of the Han River in Seoul, and has a staff of a total of over 300 persons, including 20 doctors.

Two main buildings of the YonseiSarang Hospital in Gangnam District in Seoul

The Hospital makes substantial investments in R&D, which makes distinction from otherhospitals covering spine and joints.

President Dr. Koh says: “We have developed a ‘3D customized total replacement system’ which has substantially improved the existing system--solving various problems in the existing system.” He said, “Furthermore, the YonseiSarang Hospital is known for the largest number of papers published overseas on the subject of ‘autologous adipose stem cell’ which is a system where cell is extracted from the patient’s buttocks, abdomen and thighs (where there is much fat) and injecting them into the knee joint.”

“Thus,” says Dr. Koh, “We have successfully differentiated ourselves from other hospitals in terms of superiority of the doctors’ competence and skills.”

Furthermore, the YonseiSarang Hospital has an International Medical Treatment Team making itself an internationalized hospital and public relations efforts are being made for a wider dissemination of this information.

Dr. Francesco Perdisa from Bologna University in Italy (fourth from right) poses with the doctors of the YonseiSarang Hospital at the time of his visit to the Hospital for a joint research on stem cell.

As a result of this development, an increasing number of patients are visiting from various countries of the world, including Russia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, China and the United States. The Hospital is also preparing to establish in various countries of the world rehabilitationcenters and cell treatment centers for the treatment of the local patients.

At present, the Hospital has coordinators who speak fluent foreign languagessuch as Russian and Mongolian as well as English, which greatly helps in eliminating languages barriers faced at the time of treating patients of different nationalities.

CEO Dr. Koh (right) poses with Dr. Allan Mishra from Stanford University during a joint research

Also, doctors come to the Yonsei Hospital from various countries of the world, including Indonesia, Germany and Mongolia to learn the advanced medical skills from Yonsei. The YonseiSarang Hospital also concluded a medical cooperation agreement with various hospitals in Italy, Japan, China and Malaysia.

The YonseiSarang Hospital plans to establish for the first time among the joint-spine hospitals in Korea a Stem Cell Institute to free the knee-joint patients from their pain and anxiety and to help them have new hopes. At this hospital, cell is extracted from the fatty part of the human body such as buttocks and abdomen and injected into the joints of the patients, especially the senior citizens, who suffer much pain due to aged and over-taxed cartilage. The injected cells cause regeneration of the cartilage. Extensive studies and researches are being conducted at the Hospital in that area.

At present, the new method is being used for the patients suffering from knee bone problems but the range of its use is expected to be expanded to the shoulders, spine and other parts of the human body.

Aresearcher of Stem Cell Instituteis doing an experiment.

Another epochal development of treatment method is through the use of ‘tailor-made’ 3D man-made joint, which was developed for the first time in Korea. The artificial joint enhances the accuracy of operation as it is done after completely checking the state of the patient.

In contrast with the existing man-made joint where the ready-made joints are used, the newly developed 3D order-made joints are created through the use of a new method where the joint of the patient is ‘reconstructed’ based on MRI photography where the patient’s knee bone is reconstructed through 3D printing. This helps the creation of an artificial knee bone that is best fit to the patient.

The new method reduces the possible complication to the minimum compared with the existing method, and substantially reduces the operation time. The life span of the man-made joint, too, is more than 25 years compared with the 15 years of the existing ones. This is why the new artificial joints at the YoniseiSarangHospitalare very popular among the knee patients.

Patients from Russia, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan at the entrance of the YonseiSarang Hospital

Too, the YonseiSarang Hospital is equipped with special rehabilitation center facilities where the patients experience much shorter period of rehabilitation compared with other hospitals. This greatly helps the patients shorten the period of rehabilitation as well as the recovery period of the patents after operation. The patents greatly appreciate this and many of them have written letters of appreciation to the doctors who have treated them.

The RehabilitationCenterof the YonseiSarang Hospital is making preparations to enter Ulan Baatar, the capital city of Mongolia, in 2016 and this will be extended to Kazakhstan and Russia.

Mongolian staff members at the YonseiSarang Hospital booth at the 2015 Mongolian International Health Fair.

The Hospital has been selected by the Ministry of Health and Welfare as a Joint-specializing Hospital and a Globalized Hospital for Overseas Operations.

The Hospital has also won a Grand Prize in the field of joints for three consecutive years in the Medical Korea program organized by the Ministry of Health and Welfare from 2009 to 2011.

The YonseiSarang Hospital continues to make extended efforts to maintain the status of the most qualified hospital in the treatment of joints and spine.

Rehabilitation Center at the YonseiSarang Hospital

A doctors from Siloamal Int'l Hospital in Indonesia visited the YonseiSarang Hospital to discuss the possibility of a joint research with the YonseiSarang Hospital.

Invitation to the Ambassadors and Spouses to the Tour of YonseiSarang Hospital

CEO & Doctor Koh Yong-gon of YonseiSarang Hospital in Kangnam District south of the Hann river cordially invites

the Ambassadors and their Spouses to a tour of various facilities of his Hospital on Friday March 4, 2026. Itinerary follows:

10:00-1200 Hours: Arrive at Hospital, introduction between the host and guests, presentation of a memorable gift to each

Ambassador, video showing on Hospital, tour of hospital facilities, medical check-up for diplomats,

question and answer session and various other interesting programs for the ambassadors and madams.

10:10-1330 Hours: Luncheon hosted by the CEO-President for the ambassadors and madams

1330-1700 Hours:Tour of various facilities of the Hospital and medical consultations.

For questions on the Tour, please call Ms. Kim Jung-mi at 2298-1740/2, 010-3388-1682, or

Chairman Lee Kyung-sik at 010-5201-1740 (English)


At the Iranian National Day reception

Korean guests more than double the number at other functions

“We were informed that President Park Geun-hye has been planning her visit to Iran in the near future, which is going to be the first-ever such a state visit in the long record of relations between the two countries,” said Ambassador Hassan Taherian of Iran in Seoul at the National Day reception he hosted at Lotte Hotel in Seoul on Feb. 16, 2016. Then he said that the Presidential visit will surely open a new chapter in the bilateral relations and will provide ample opportunities for better understanding between two countries and have a positive impact on Iran-Korea cooperation as well (excerpts from the speech toward the end of this article).

The luncheon reception to celebrate the 37th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution was attended by an estimated 700 Korean and international guests as well as most of the ambassadors in Seoul, which, in the case of the Korean guests, was nearly double the number guests at previous such functions.

Why the sudden increase of interest in Iran in Korea?

Korea used to enjoy the so-called ‘Middle East Boom’ through the construction companies and trading firms and Iran was one of the prominent countries in the Middle East where the Korean companies actively took part in the economic development in the region.

The unusually large attendance of the Korean and international guests at the party is also partly due to the personal popularity of Ambassador Taherian who has a long and close connection with Korea. Also he is accredited to North Korea as Iranian ambassador and is in a good position to help improve the inter-Korean relations.

Attending the reception were many prominent Korean government and business leaders. Among them were Minister Chung Chin-youb of Health and Welfare, President Sung Nak-in of Seoul National University, Chairman Lee Hae-dong of the Busan Metropolitan Council, Directors-General Park Young-sik of the Ministry of Health & Welfare and Lee Sang-jin of the Ministry of Trade Industry & Energy, Director Kim Jae-jeong of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure & Transportation, and leaders of many leading Korean business companies (see list at the end of this article).

From the Seoul Diplomatic Corps came many ambassadors with their spouses (see list at the end of this article).

Excerpts from the speech of Ambassador Taherian of Iran:

I am honored to welcome you at the celebration of the National Day of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

We meet today to commemorate the 37th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution of Iran that falls on 11th of February.

37 years ago, the people of my country in a series of massive demonstrations and popular political movements under the wise leadership of Imam Khomeini overthrew the dictatorial regime of Pahlavi and elected and established the new system of the Islamic Republic which is based on modern Iranian-Islamic civilization and religious democracy.

Significantly this year, the anniversary of the victory of our Islamic Revolution has coincided with another victory for the Iranian nation and government in the international scene. This new achievement is the success of our government to manage and conclude one of the most complicated diplomatic crisisof this decade which was the Iran nuclear program dossier. Iran succeeded to reach a historical nuclear accord with six world power, turning the Iran nuclear program from an unnecessary crisis into a platform for cooperation. By putting some limitations on its nuclear activities and accepting the highest level of transparency and inspection on its nuclear program, Iran once again demonstrated clearly that never ever intended to build atomic bomb.

The negotiation settlement to the Iran nuclear program is a Victory for diplomacy and helped to remove the shadows of war and pseudo threats from our region. Most importantly, this settlement provides the opportunity for the region to focus its attention on current real and dangerous threat which is terrorism and violent extremism, which threatens everybody.

By the relocation of the economic sanction, the amount of interest in Iran has been unbelievable. We have hosted more than 50 foreign trade delegations to Iran during the last two or three months

Located in the central part of Eurasia, Iran, blessed with rich civilization and culture, has long enjoying of geostrategic importance because of its central location in Eurasia and Western Asia and its proximity to the Strait of Hormoz. Iran with a diversified economy and broad industrial base, huge natural resource, young and educated population, large domestic market, access to the regional market and increasingly sophisticated infrastructure providing the foundation for an emerging economy which offers endless investment opportunities to local and international investors.

Iran and Korea established the diplomatic relations in 1962. Throughout these years, the two countries maintained a relatively friendly and strong relationship. The presence of the Tehran Street in Gangnam district of Seoul as well as the Seoul Street in North of Tehran, are the symbol and remainder of long friendship between the two countries.

We have had a number of official meetings recently, among them, the last year visit of the South Korean Minister of Foreign Affairs, as well as the Minister of Land, Infrastructure and Transport to Tehran. Fortunately, we were informed that Her Excellency, President Park, Geun-Hye, has been planning her visit to Iran in near future. This is going to be the first ever such a state visit in the long record of relations between the two countries. Surely, the upcoming presidential visit will open a new chapter in the bilateral relation and will provide ample opportunities for better understanding between officials and will have a positive impact on Iran-Korea cooperation, as well.

As far as the trade relation between the two countries is concerned, we always value and support particularly business relations between our two countries. Korean companies have a long record of involvement and successful activity in Iranian market and working in many infrastructure and construction projects in Iran. They enjoy a very good reputation as the reliable and confident partner and this is a valuable asset for their future activity in the Iranian market.

By the end of this month, on February 29, the Korea-Iran Joint Economic Commission is scheduled to be held in Tehran. Simultaneously and alongside with this Commission, there is going to be a Business Forum by the participation of huge number of businessmen from the private sector of both countries.

I believe the lifting of the sanctions, provides a plenty of opportunities for Korean firms to resume or increase their activities in the Iranian market. 

We welcome and will encourage the Korean companies to boost their business in Iran.

In closing, I would like to express my sincere appreciation to all of you for your attendance in our reception and hope you enjoy your time with us today.

Ambassador Hassan Taherian of Iran (third from left) cuts the celebration cake with Ambassador Hong Jong-Kyung of

Gyeongsangbuk-do Province for International Relations and Minister Chung Chin-youb of Health and Welfare (left and second from left),

Chairman Lee Hae-dong of Busan Metropolitan council, President & CEO Kim Jung-rae of Korea National Oil Corp. and CEO Jeon Sang-heon of Chungbuk Free Economic Zone Authority (four to sixth from left)

Ambassador Hassan Taherian of Iran and Minister Chung Chin-youb of Health and Welfare (seventh and eighth from right, respectively, at front row) pose with the ambassadors at the reception.

From left: Ambassador Dato Paduka Haji ModhRosli Bin Haji Sabtu of Brunei Darussalam, Publisher-Chairman Lee Kyung-sik of The Korea Post,

Ambassadors Rodolfo Solanco Quiros of Costa Rica, Vikram Kumar Doraiswami of India and Dato Rohanabinti Ramli of Malaysia;

Chief Executive Counselor Choi Soon-hong of LS IS and Ambassador Sylvestre Kouassi Bile of Cote d'Ivoire

Attractive figurines and other art objects on display at the reception venue

Mrs. MahManesh Taherian (spouse of the ambassador of Iran) and their son, Mahdi Taherian

Partial list of ambassadors attending the reception:

Ambassadors Mohammad SaleemSayeb of Afghanistan, Derragui Mohammed Elamine of Algeria, Albino Malungo of Angola, Elisabeth Bertagnoli of Austria, Ramzi Teymurov of Azerbaijan, Md. Zulfiqur Rahman of Bangladesh, Natallia Jhylevich of Belarus, Guadalupe Palomeque de Taboada of Bolivia, DatoPaduka Haji ModhRosli Bin Haji Sabtu of Brunei Darussalam , Petar Andonov of Bulgaria, Tito Saul PinillaPinilla of Colombia, Rodolfo SolancoQuiros of Costa Rica, SylvestreKouassi Bile of Cote d'Ivoire, GreciaFiodaliciaPichardo of Dominican Republic, Oscar Gustavo Herrera Gilbert of Ecuador, Milton Alcides Magana Herrera of El Salvador , Gerhard SABATHIL of Delegation of The Europan Union,  MattiHeimonen of Finland, Carlos Victor Boungou of Gabon, Rolf Mafael of Germany, Nikoloz Apkhazava of Georgia, Gabor Csaba of Hungary, Vikram Kumar Doraiswami of India, Bessho Koro of Japan, Omar Al Nahar of Jordan, Mohammed Chraibi of Morocco, Dato Rohanabinti Ramli of Malaysia, Mohamed Salim Alharthy of Oman, ZahidNasrulah Khan of Pakistan, Irineo Raul SilveroSilvagni of Paraguay, Raul S. Hernandez of the Philippines, Krzysztof Majka of Poland, Calin Fabian of Romania, Alexander AndreevichTomonin of Russia, MamadouNdiaye of Senegal, Zoran Kazazovic of Serbia, Milan Lajciak of Slovak Republic, Nozuko Gloria Bam of South Africa, Gonzalo Ortiz Diaz-Tortosa of Spain, Niroshani Manisha Dias AbeywickremaGunasekera of Sri Lanka, Joerg Alois Reding of Switzerland, Kiromov Salohiddin of Tajikistan (CDA), Mohamed Ali Nafti of Tunisia, Hakan Okcal of Turkey, Andrea Veronica Bais Gastaldi (CDA) of Uruguay, BotirjonAsadov of Uzbekistan, Ms. Yadira Hidalgo de Ortiz of Venezuela (CDA), Mumba Smyth Kapumpa of Zambia

Partial list of Korean guests attending the reception:

Chairman & CEO B.S. Park of Korea Registry of Shipping, President & CEO Kim Jung-rae of Korea National Oil Corp., General Manager Son Jin-seck of Daewoo Shipping & Marine Engineering, President SohnMyong-sei of Health Insurance Review & Assessment Service, Chairman Cho Hae-hyeong of Nara Holdings Corp., Head of Team Lim Tae-hoon of Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries, Vice President Heo, Sun-haeng of GS E&C, President & Chief Executive / Civil & Infra Lee, Sahng-ki of GS E&C / Seoul, President Kim, Kwang-min of Union Flow Control System Group, Director Kim, Jae jeong of Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transportation, CEO Jeon, Sang-heon of Chungbuk Free Economic Zone Authority, Chairman & CEO Shin, Jae Hyun of West Aisa Economic Forum, Vice President Kim, Young ho of KCC, President Lee, Young chan of Korea Health Industry Development Institute, President Sung, Nak-in of Seoul National Univeristy, CEO Park, No hwang of The Yonhap News Agency, Director Joon Lee of LOTTE Engineering & Construction, Director General Hwang, Hyeon-gyu of KHIDI, CEO Kim, Jae-sik of Hyundai Development Co., Director Lee Kap-soo of Korea Times, President Lee Jin-sook of MBC, Daejeon, President & CEO Kim, Jae-sik of Hyundai Development Company, President Choi, Du-youlof FTE(Fluid Thermal Engineering), Vice President Lee, Soo-yeon of DAELIM, Executive Vice President Yun, Won-sok of KOTRA, Director General Park, Young-sik of Ministry of Health & Welfare, Chairman Lee, Hae-dong of BUSAN METROPOLITAN COUNCIL, Director General Lee Sang-jin of Ministry of Trade Industry & Energy


Many countries lock horns to woo sanction-lifted country

Korea should try to show how she can do best for Iran

By Lee Kyung-sik

Publisher of The Korea Post

Following the lifting of sanctions against Iran, many countries of the world are seen locking horns with one another to be the first to enter the country for economic cooperation.

The first and obviously the most active country seems to be France who invited President Hassan Rouhani to visit France on Jan. 28, 2016. Korean-language media reports indicate that the leaders of Iran and France signed contracts totaling some 30 billion Euro (about 40 trillion Korean Won), including the purchase of 118 Airbuses.

According to an article by former President Joohum Lee of the Korea National Diplomatic Academy (KNDA) published by MaeilKyungje on Feb. 15, 2016, President Rouhani of Iran has also visited Italy, in advance of his French contacts, and singed contracts totaling some 16 billion Euro (22 trillion Korean Won). According to Lee, Iran has special relations with France and Italy.

In 1997, Italy invited former President Mohammed Khatami of Iran to visit Italy and has thenceforth been pursuing a pro-Iran policy.

France provided political asylum to the late former Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khomeiny of Iran in 1979, and has been maintaining close ties of friendship and cooperation between the two countries.

Approaching Iran for increased cooperation are not limited to France and Italy. Germany, the United States and China are also making extensive efforts to join the ‘Iran rush.’ Among the three stands out China. President Xi Jinping of China wants to rebuild a ‘New Silk Road’ to connect the Arab world and Europe through Iran.

As soon as the international sanction was lifted on Iran, President Xi visited Iran before any other head of state. Xi did not ask for money but traded automobiles, missile parts and textile goods for Iranian oil. The arrangement helped China make a big jump to the status of Iran’s biggest trade partner.

In contrast, the United Kingdom, who had monopolized the Iranian oil market until the 1950s, has become a target of total disregard. Reports say that the UK failed to change the negative image of its old ‘oil majors’ in the new surroundings.

So what should Korea do in this situation?

Former President Lee of KNDA suggests that Korea should try not to lose time. Korea should realize that she is neither a very close country to Iran nor one who is so far away. Korea should try to come up with attractive offers for Iran compared those of the competitors. For this purpose, Korea needs a systemized vision. Korea should come up with a concerted plan of cooperation with all the competent business companies to show Iran an attractive picture that other countries can’t.


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