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South Korea looks to replace Iran oil

7 February 2012 Last updated at 00:26 GMT

South Korea is preparing to cut the amount of oil it imports from Iran, as part of international pressure related to Iran's nuclear programme.

The South Korean President, Lee Myung-bak, is visiting the Middle East this week and will hold meetings with oil producers Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.

The BBC's Simon Atkinson says it isn't the first Asian country looking to shore up supplies as the economic and diplomatic pressure on Iran increases.