The President of South Korea says the enemy of the United Arab Emirates and its biggest threat is Iran while South’s enemy is North Korea.
According to the Arabic service of Yonhap News Agency, Yoon Suk Yeol said during his visit to the UAE Sunday that “the security of the UAE, which is our sister nation, is our security”.
He added that the two countries are in a very similar situation as both face dangerous enemies.
The president of South Korea has travelled to the Arab country on a four-day official visit upon the invitation of Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the President of the United Arab Emirates.It seems that this is the first time South Korea calls the Islamic Republic “the enemy and the biggest threat” to the security of the UAE.
Seoul’s relations with Tehran, except for the issue of seven billion dollars frozen in Korean banks due to US sanctions, were usually considered to be normal and far from tension.
Yoon Suk Yeol is not the first leader of a Asian country who has openly adopted positions that conflict with Iran’s national interests and possibly a kind of turn in his country’s policy.
Chinese President Xi Jinping also visited Saudi Arabia in December and met members of the Gulf Cooperation Council. He signed a joint statement in which the issue of three Iranian islands in the Persian Gulf was mentioned as a claim pursued by the United Arab Emirates.