The Iranian government and parliament have warned Korea against complying with a U.S. request to sanction the country.
According to the Iran Daily on Monday, Iranian Vice President Mohammad-Reza Rahimi said Korea continues to sell goods in Iran while joining the U.S. in sanctioning against Iran and needs to be punished with heavy tariffs so that nobody buys Korean goods.
"The Koreans also need to be slapped," Rahimi said in a meeting with education ministry officials, among countries that sign up for sanctions against Iran while their advertising billboards are all over Iranian cities. "We will increase tariffs by 200 percent. We will hike it so much so that no one will be able to buy foreign goods. We should not buy the products of our enemies."
It is the first confirmed direct warning to Korea since Washington asked Seoul to freeze the assets of Iran's Bank Mellat in Korea.
"We warn other states, specially South Korea, not to tie their national interests with those of the Americans. They should know that Iran will take punitive measures in case it comes under sanctions," lawmaker Parviz Sorouri of the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission told Iran's Fars News Agency.