Tehran welcomes steps towards Korean detente, says US ‘unqualified’ to play role

Iran on Saturday welcomed steps towards detente between North and South Korea. The Foreign Ministry in Tehran said the meeting of their leaders was “a responsible and effective step towards regional and global stability.” However, ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi said the “historic new page for detente on the Korean Peninsula” should be worked out between the two principal parties, without the “interference of foreign countries.” Ghasemi said that Iran’s experience over 40 years, “in particular with regard to the nuclear deal, is that the American government is not a dignified, trustworthy actor and does not respect its international commitments,” AFP reported. The US “is not qualified to play a role to determine the arrangements between countries, which has again been reinforced” by US President Donald Trump, Ghasemi said.