Tehran, March 6, IRNA-Iranian Minister of Labor and Social Affairs Mohammad Jahromi here Monday called for an increase in the number of Iranian workers and professionals dispatched to South Korea.
During a meeting with South Korean Ambassador to Tehran Eim Hung-Jee, Jahromi stressed the importance of facilitating and expanding the ground for Tehran-Seoul cooperation in all fields.
"The Iranian government prioritizes development of small industries and overseas employment of workers on its agenda in order to alleviate the unemployment problem among the youth, particularly the university graduates," the minister said.
He expressed hope the number of Iranian workers and professionals dispatched to South Korea would get a considerable boost through enhanced economic cooperation between the two countries.
He voiced Iran's readiness to dispatch more workers to South Korea to meet the needs of its industries and demand for specialized skills.
"South Korea has achieved a remarkable level of development and we hope to make use of its experiences in various areas," Jahromi said.
Pointing to Iran's nuclear activities, he said that "Iran insists on enforcement of international law which gives it the right to the peaceful use of nuclear energy, a right which the Iranian nation cannot be deprived of.
"Bullying powers cannot treat the Islamic Republic of Iran the same way they treated Iraq and Afghanistan because of its vantage political and geographical situation.
"Experiences of the past point to the fact that threats and sanctions will not be effective anymore."
The minister, speaking of domestic and foreign investment as important factors in national development, said the government aimed to attract more investment in order to meet the goals of national development.
"Iran is determined to develop its industries, particularly the downstream petrochemical industries, by harnessing more of its rich oil and gas resources," Jahromi said, and hinted that "South Korea can play an important role" in the development of its energy resources.
The South Korean ambassador, for his part, praised the growing Tehran-Seoul ties and said the two countries' trade volume stood at 5.6 billion dollars in 2005.
Ambassador Eim, moreover, said that the South Korean embassy in Tehran was active in the establishment of technical centers in Iran, and hoped sessions of their joint economic commission would bring more fruitful results.
He said his country was favorable to resolving issues related to Iran's peaceful use of nuclear energy through talks.
He said his country's remarkable progress could be attributed to its huge investment in human resources development, and added that it was ready to share its experiences and technological knowhow with Iran.
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