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Iran signs 720 mln euro rail deal with SKorea firm

AFP  |  Tehran 

South Korea's Rotem signed a 720-million-euro (USD 856 million) deal with today to manufacture 450 railbuses for suburban trains, Iranian state media reported.

The deal was signed in Tehran between Rotem, a unit of Motors, and of Islamic Republic of at a ceremony attended by Iranian Transport Minister Abbas Akhoundi.

The deal, financed by the South Korean side, will create 1,000 direct jobs and 1,700 indirect jobs in the Islamic republic, state agency IRNA quoted Akhoundi as saying.

Iranian Rail Industries Development Company will build 300 rail buses, under Hyundai supervision, with the remaining 150 to be manufactured in South Korea, IRICO executive director Nasser Soufi told state television.

The project is to last last six years and a half with the first batch of self-propelled suburban rail buses to be "delivered in a year and a half," according to Said Mohammadzadeh, CEO for the state

In August, secured an eight-billion euro credit line from South Korea's Eximbank, which was the Islamic republic's biggest loan deal since its 2015 nuclear accord.

At the time a spokesman for South Korea's export credit bank said the deal would finance projects in Iran by companies from the Asian country

That deal was followed by a USD 10 billion credit line for Iranian banks in September from CITIC investment group, a Chinese state-owned investment firm.

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First Published: Sat, December 02 2017. 20:55 IST