SEOUL, South Korea and the United States had working-level consultations Wednesday on enforcing sanctions against Iran, as a U.S. official in charge of the issue made a trip here.

David Peyman, deputy assistant secretary of state for counter threat finance and sanctions, arrived in Seoul a day earlier as part of his Asia swing that also took him to Malaysia and Singapore.

Last November, South Korea was granted a sanctions waiver by the U.S. on Iranian oil imports.

The measure will be valid through May 3, and an extension requires additional talks.

Meeting with Peyman, Hong Jin-wook, director general of the ministry's African and Middle Eastern Affairs Bureau, expressed hope for close coordination on the matter between the allies.

He requested U.S. cooperation in resolving "technical difficulties" that South Korean businesses suffer in trade with Iran of non-sanctions items, such as in finance, insurance and transportation, according to the ministry.

The U.S. official explained the Trump administration's policy on Iran sanctions and promised to continue relevant consultations with South Korea, it added.

Source: Yonhap news Agency