Israel's FM compared Iran with North Korea

# 07 June 2023 16:47 (UTC +04:00)

Israeli Minister of Foreign Affairs Eli Cohen compared Iran and North Korea in comments in South Korea, APA reports citing the Jerusalem Post .

He said Israel would not allow Iran to become a second North Korea and noted that Israel and South Korea share many similarities historically and politically, and in the realm of security and economics. “The two countries are world leaders in investment in research and development and we jointly promote collaborations that will lead to joint technological and security developments,” the foreign minister said.

Trade has grown with Korea in the last years, an increase of some twenty percent between 2021 to 2022 to a value of $3.3 billion. The free trade deal is expected to increase this trade, the Ministry’s statement said. Cohen also congratulated Korea on its election to the temporary seat in the Security Council for the years 2024-2025.

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is also participating in MADEX 2023, the International Maritime Defense Exhibition in South Korea. IAI says it is showcasing its naval combat suite, electronic warfare systems, loitering munitions, radars and naval platforms. The company said in a statement that it is “pleased to announce its participation in the MADEX International Maritime Defense Industry Exhibition in Busan, South Korea from June 7-9.

IAI will present a diverse range of battle-proven naval and maritime products, reaffirming its commitment to pushing the boundaries of innovation in the defense sector.” It said that those who attend will be able to “witness IAI’s technological prowess firsthand. One of the highlights will be the unveiling of its Naval Combat Suite, including the Barak air defense system, which has recently carried out a successful engagement of a sea-skimming missile.”