Publish date30 Jan 2022 - 16:30
Story Code : 536557

Iran, S. Korea set for working-level talks over frozen assets

Iran and South Korea plan to hold working-level consultations next month in Seoul to discuss ways to untangle years-long disputes over Tehran's assets frozen here under U.S. sanctions, Yonhap news agency cites an informed source as saying on Saturday.
Iran, S. Korea set for working-level talks over frozen assets
The thorny issue has drawn renewed attention, with talks to revive the 2015 accord standing at a critical phase, as Iranian officials demand sanctions relief for an agreement.
Seoul officials say the proposed working groups are expected to go over details of a potential money transfer once sanctions are lifted and also discuss other aspects in the event of a no deal.
"The working groups are expected to mainly discuss details of the payment method of the Iranian assets if the U.S. grants sanctions relief," the source told Yonhap News on the condition of anonymity. "They could talk further on the possibility of resuming oil imports from Iran once sanctions are lifted."
Iran, which sits on the world's fourth-largest oil reserves, had been a key oil supplier to resource-poor South Korea and in turn imported industrial equipment, household appliances, and vehicle parts from Seoul.
South Korea imported US$7.8 billion worth of oil from Iran in 2017, but it has stopped Iranian purchases since 2019 due to U.S. sanctions that ban the Islamic republic's oil exports, according to the data by the Korea International Trade Association.
Central Bank of Iran (CBI) has submitted a letter of intent (LOI) for ​Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS), requesting South Korea to return its frozen assets to its banks
Seoul has received the LOI last September and has been seeking to resolve the dispute over Iran's frozen assets under US sanctions, a S. Korean diplomat said in Seoul on Friday.
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