Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni called for strong diplomatic efforts to persuade Iran to halt its nuclear program as relations between Tehran and North Korea increase worries about further production of such weapons.
“The next step should be real strong sanctions against Iran,” Livni said. “The last thing that we would like to see is proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and cooperation between these kind of states to achieve these weapons.”
Livni met Tuesday with the South Korean Prime Minister Han Meyong-Sook (photo) and Foreign Minister Song Min-soon, the first visit by a top Israeli diplomat to South Korea since the countries established relations in 1962.
North Korea, which has a nuclear weapons program, is known to have sold missiles to Iran.
Livni expressed support for South Korea’s deployment of 350 troops to international peacekeeping forces in Lebanon after last year's war against Hizballah terrorists
“The border is still open and is used to transfer weapons from Syria to Lebanon. Israel expects the international community to act immediately to fulfill those obligations,” she said.
In a separate meeting with the heads of the South Korean economy, Livni called on industrialists in Korea to visit Israel in order to seek long term partnerships.
“The economies of Israel and Korea are not in competition, but complement each other,” she said.
The foreign minister said that because of the increase in tourist and business traffic between Israel and Korea, Israel is interested in establishing a direct flight route between Tel Aviv and Seoul.