SEOUL, Sept. 28 (Yonhap) -- The top diplomats of South Korea and Iran held their first talks in nearly three years and agreed to continue bilateral cooperation, Seoul's foreign ministry said Friday.

Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha sat down with her Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif on the sidelines of the 73rd session of the U.N. General Assembly in New York on Thursday (local time).

It marked their first talks and the first foreign ministerial meeting between the two sides since Nov. 7, 2015.

Kang said South Korea has backed a peaceful resolution to the Iranian nuclear issue and expects Iran's support for its drive for the denuclearization of Korea.

She pointed out that her government is in consultations with the U.S. in order to minimize the impact to local firms from the resumption of sanctions on Tehran.

Zarif agreed that South Korea-Iran economic cooperation, which has lasted for decades, shouldn't be affected by such an "external factor," the ministry said.

South Korea's exports to Iran fell 16.4 percent to US$1.94 billion in the first seven months of the year from the same period in 2017. Imports also dropped 16.8 percent to $3.89 billion.

Source: Yonhap News Agency