S. Korea calls for U.S. cooperation for humanitarian exports to Iran amid antiTehran sanctions

SEOUL, South Korea asked for U.S. cooperation for its exports of humanitarian products to Iran hindered by Washington's sanctions against the Islamic republic, Seoul's foreign ministry said Friday.

On Thursday, the two sides held a meeting in Washington to discuss followup measures to the United States' decision in April to end sanctions waivers for imports of Iranian oil by South Korea and other countries.

Hong Jinwook, directorgeneral for the ministry's African and Middle East affairs bureau, led the South Korean delegation. The U.S. side included David Peyman, deputy assistant secretary of state for counter threat finance and sanctions.

Their talks focused on South Korean companies facing difficulties in exporting medicine, medical equipment and other humanitarian products to Iran through a bilateral transaction system using the Korean currency, won.

The Central Bank of Iran (CBI) has wonbased accounts at Woori Bank and the Industrial Bank of Korea in Seoul to pay for not just oil imports but also products that are not subject to sanctions. Due to the oil sanctions, those accounts have been suspended.

(Hong) called for the U.S.' continued interest and cooperation in addressing our companies' difficulties related to the exports of humanitarian goods using the wonbased accounts, the ministry said in a press release.

The U.S. side said that it has been reviewing Seoul's request and will try to provide the results of the review in a prompt manner.

Source: Yonhap news Agency