By Maryam Salari
South Korea’s president is expected to arrive in Tehran today on a three-day visit aimed at boosting mutual ties, becoming the first South Korean president to visit Iran since the nations established diplomatic ties in 1962.
Park Geun-hye will be accompanied by Seoul’s biggest-ever traveling business delegation of over 230 executives during the visit. Local reports suggested the two countries are expected to seal deals worth $10 billion.
Officials in Seoul say the primary purpose of the visit is economic as Korean companies eye deals in areas such as construction, autos and electronics.
South Korea is also eager to boost its oil supply from Iran which used to account for 10% of its oil imports before sanctions were imposed.
Iran Daily made an interview with President Park ahead of her landmark visit to Tehran.
By Maryam Ja'fari-Hesarlou*
The Iranian drama 'Suitcase' was written by Farhad Aiish in Persian for East Bay Iranian-American Darvag company which he helped found in 1985. The drama is about the Iranian community in the Bay Area in the 1980s. Aiish has since returned to Iran where he works in theater, TV and films.
The drama is a generally intriguing show, at times comic, evocative or affecting. The script is more influenced by Eugène Ionesco than Jean-Paul Sartre, a French playwright and novelist. But 'Suitcase' uses Ionesco's absurdism to illuminate the experience of being displaced.
Iran Daily conducted an interview with Ramin Nasser Nassir, the Iranian actor, director, author who also works in the theater world. He stars in Aiish products.
Recently revealed documents have shown that Britain was hindering efforts by Swedish authorities to question Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange in the Ecuadorian embassy where he has secured political asylum for the last three years.
The Israeli regime has once again detained nuclear whistle-blower Mordechai Vanunu, claiming that he violated the terms of his release from prison by taking part in a recent interview with a local TV station.
Fuad Masum, who currently serves as Iraq’s president, has been a prominent figure in the domain of culture and politics. Like many current Iraqi politicians, the moderate Kurdish leader dedicated most of his life to fight for his country but he is not as known as his predecessor Jalal Talabani. Masum is a senior member of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) and a close aide of Talabani with whom he fought the former Baath regime. Iran Daily has conducted an interview with him at his home in Baghdad about his political life. The following is a translation of the interview.