South Korean president visits Iran to boost ties

South Korean President Park Geun-hye, with white scarf, arrives at the Mehrabad airport as she is welcomed by Iranian Industry Minister Mohammad Reza Nematzadeh, center right, in Tehran, Iran, Sunday, May 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — South Korea’s president has arrived in Tehran in the first such high-level visit since the two nations established diplomatic ties in 1962.

President Park Geun-hye’s office said she would visit Iran for three days beginning Sunday and hold talks with her Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani on the Korean Peninsula and ways to promote bilateral ties.

Iran’s state news agency IRNA says Rouhani will hold a welcoming ceremony Monday. IRNA says over 230 business executives are accompanying Park.

Iran has been seeking to integrate into the global financial system and improve ties with other countries since nuclear-related sanctions were lifted in January under a landmark deal with world powers.

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