“Iran puts great importance on strengthening its ties with countries in Asia, and Iran and North Korea can use their capabilities to boost their relations,” Rouhani said.

Ri Su Yong was in Tehran to take part in a meeting of the Asian-African Legal Consultative Organization.

Iran and North Korea have had close ties for a long time.

Some of Iran’s most advanced rockets are based on North Korean designs. There have been consistent reports of close military cooperation between Iran and North Korea.