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President Park's Iran visit heralds start of new political, economic friendship

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박 대통령, 쉼 없는 50시간 이란 국빈 방문 후 귀국길 올라 President Park Geun-hye is wrapping up a historic state visit to Iran this Monday night... ending a non-stop 50-hour long summit diplomacy in the Persian country. She did not leave any stone unturned... laying the foundation for strong bilateral relations in all sectors... Diplomatic cooperation, check. Business ties, check. Cultural as well as people to people exchange, check. Song Ji-sun is traveling with the presidential press corps... she will be taking off from Tehran very shortly... but is squeezing in this connection with Newscenter. Ji-sun, a whole lot of work done in such short stay? "Conn-young. Korea's first state visit to Iran in 54 years... was over and done with in just 50 hours,... but it could've hardly gone any better. President Park Geun-hye did not waste a single minute, taking step after step to upgrade bilateral relations in numerous fields." A staggering 37 billion U.S. dollars worth of deals to upgrade Iran's infrastructure were signed under the comprehensive partnership agreed between Presidents Park and Rouhani. In their first joint statement, the two sides reaffirmed their commitment to a world free of nuclear weapons. "I emphasized that permanent peace and stability in Northeast Asia lies in the peaceful reunification of the Korean peninsula. President Rouhani expressed his support for the Korean people's yearning for peaceful reunification." "Iran supports peace on the Korean peninsula, and is against any type of nuclear development. Our principle is that there should be no dangerous nuclear weapons in the Middle East or on the Korean Peninsula." Just hours after her summit talks with Rouhani, President Park sat down with Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the country's highest figure in religion and politics. At the symbolic meeting, as the first non-Muslim, female leader to visit Iran,... President Park and Khamenei shared the common view of developing bilateral relations. President Park also carried out her usual ritual while on an overseas trip. She attended a business forum to link Korean companies with local buyers, stressing the importance of culture at an exchange event, and meeting with overseas Koreans to encourage them to build bridges between the two countries. Her last step before boarding the plane was a visit to Iran's national museum... to gain a deeper understanding of Persian culture and its legacy. "With the Iran trip under her belt, President Park has completed a chain of visits to Turkey, Arab nations and Iran during her term... reinforcing her diplomacy in the Middle East. I'll see you back in Seoul, Conn-young?" You bet. Safe travels, Ji-sun. That was our Song Ji-sun in Tehran minutes before taking off for Seoul. Visit ‘Arirang News’ Official Pages Facebook(NEWS): http://www.facebook.com/newsarirang Homepage: http://www.arirang.com Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/arirangtv Twitter: http://twitter.com/arirangworld Instagram: http://instagram.com/arirangworld