News / Asia

US Asks South Korea to Cut Iran Oil Imports

Activists chant slogans during a news conference denouncing U.S. sanctions on Iran in front of the foreign ministry, where the U.S. State Department's special adviser for nonproliferation and arms control, Robert Einhorn is to meet South Korean Deputy For
Activists chant slogans during a news conference denouncing U.S. sanctions on Iran in front of the foreign ministry, where the U.S. State Department's special adviser for nonproliferation and arms control, Robert Einhorn is to meet South Korean Deputy For

South Korea, the world's fifth largest importer of oil, says more discussions are necessary before it can make a decision on cutting purchases of Iranian crude oil.  The United States is hoping its ally will join the sanctions campaign meant to put pressure on Iran to rein in its nuclear program. 

The South Korean government finds itself in a dilemma regarding Iran.

As a meeting got underway Tuesday with American officials here, the South Korean deputy foreign minister, Kim Jae-shin, said that Seoul shares Washington's growing concern about Iran's nuclear development.

"[The] recent situation related to [the] Iranian nuclear issue has been getting worse since we met last month. But I assure you, once again, that the [South] Korean government is committed to strongly support and participate in international efforts to resolve this issue," Kim said.

But Kim also made clear that tougher action is controversial in South Korea. "Many Koreans are quite worried about that further strengthening sanctions against Iran at this time may destabilize the international market of crude oil and, accordingly, bring about some adverse effect on the [South] Korean economy as well," Kim stated.

The U.S. State Department's special adviser for non-proliferation and arms control, Robert Einhorn, is leading the American delegation to Seoul.  He says the sanctions on Tehran will also send a message to North Korea, which is pursuing nuclear programs, as well, in defiance of international agreements.

"The ROK [South Korean] government is a global player in this regard. It knows that the situations in Iran and in North Korea are related. I think progress on one will help us achieve progress on another," Einhorn said.

The two Koreas have no diplomatic relations and have remained technically at war since three years of devastating combat in the early 1950s. The United States maintains more than 28,000 troops in South Korea to help defend it.

But South Korea is reliant on imports for all of its crude oil and 250,000 barrels a day arrive from Iran.

The U.S. team next visits Tokyo to apply the same pressure on another key economic and military ally in the region.

Japan, also heavily dependent on imported crude, has been sending conflicting signals about whether it will support further sanctions on Iran.

The sanctions are intended to pressure Tehran into serious negotiations over its nuclear program.  A number of nations believe Iran is trying to develop nuclear weapons.  The Islamic Republic contends its nuclear development is for peaceful purposes, not to make bombs.

You May Like

Multimedia Social Media Documenting, Not Driving, Hong Kong Protests

Unlike in Arab Spring uprisings, pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong aren't relying on Twitter and Facebook to organize, but social media still plays a role More

Bambari Hospital a Lone Place of Help in Violence-Plagued CAR

Only establishment still functioning in CAR's second city is main hospital More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
The Legacy of Jimmy Carter: The Preacher from Plainsi
X
October 01, 2014 10:45 AM
It is common in the United States to see tourists flock to sites associated with America's presidents. Some are privately owned and others are run by the National Park Service or the National Archives -- but most have helped draw business and people into the towns and cities where they are located. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, there is one particular presidential hometown that is unique in what it has to offer those who make the trip.
Video

Video The Legacy of Jimmy Carter: The Preacher from Plains

It is common in the United States to see tourists flock to sites associated with America's presidents. Some are privately owned and others are run by the National Park Service or the National Archives -- but most have helped draw business and people into the towns and cities where they are located. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, there is one particular presidential hometown that is unique in what it has to offer those who make the trip.
Video

Video Hong Kong Protests Draw New Supporters on National Holiday

On the 65th anniversary of the founding of Communist China, Hong Kong protesters are hoping to stage the largest pro-democracy demonstration since the 1989 Tiananmen protests. VOA's Brian Padden visited one of the protest sites mid-day, when the atmosphere was calm and where the supporters were enthusiastic about joining what they are calling the umbrella revolution.
Video

Video India's PM Continues First US Visit

India's prime minister is on his first visit to Washington, to strengthen political and economic ties between the world's oldest and the world biggest democracies. He came to the U.S. capital from New York, the first stop on his five-day visit to the country that denied him an entry visa in the past. From Washington, Zlatica Hoke reports Modi seemed most focused on attracting foreign investment and trade to increase job opportunities for his people.
Video

Video Malaysia Struggles to Stop People Joining Jihad

Malaysian authorities say militant groups like the so-called "Islamic State" have used social media to entice at least three dozen Malaysian Muslims to fight in what they call "jihad" in Syria and Iraq. As Mahi Ramkrishnan reports from Kuala Lumpur, counterterrorism police are deeply worried about what could happen when these militants return home.
Video

Video Could US Have Done More to Stop Rise of Islamic State?

President Obama says airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Syria will likely continue for some time because, in his words, "there is a cancer that has grown for too long." So what if President Obama had acted sooner in Syria to arm more-moderate opponents of both the Islamic State and the Syrian government? VOA State Department Correspondent Scott Stearns reports from the United Nations.
Video

Video Treasure Hunters Seek 'Hidden Treasure' in Central Kenya

Could a cave in a small village in central Kenya be the site of buried treasure? A rumor of riches, left behind by colonialists, has some residents dreaming of wealth, while others see it as a dangerous hoax. VOA's Gabe Joselow has the story.
Video

Video Ebola Patients Find No Treatment at Sierra Leone Holding Center

At a holding facility in Makeni, central Sierra Leone, dozens of sick people sit on the floor in an empty university building. They wait in filthy conditions. It's a 16-hour drive by ambulance to Kailahun Ebola treatment center. Adam Bailes was there and reports on what he says are some of the worst situations he has seen since the beginning of this Ebola outbreak. And he says it appears case numbers may already be far worse than authorities acknowledge.
Video

Video Identifying Bodies Found in Texas Border Region

Thousands of immigrants have died after crossing the border from Mexico into remote areas of the southwestern United States in recent years. Local officials in south Texas alone have found hundreds of unidentified bodies and buried them in mass graves in local cemeteries. Now an anthropologist and her students at Baylor University have been exhuming bodies and looking for clues to identify them. VOA’s Greg Flakus has more from Waco, Texas.
Colonel Steve ‘Spiros’ Pisanos left Greece and came to the U.S. to learn to fly. He flew fighters for the Allies in World War II, narrowly escaping death multiple times.Colonel Steve ‘Spiros’ Pisanos left Greece and came to the U.S. to learn to fly. He flew fighters for the Allies in World War II, narrowly escaping death multiple times.

AppleAndroid