Iran seizes South Korean-flagged oil tanker

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Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps held onto a South Korean-hailed big hauler in Gulf waters and kept its team, Iranian media said on Monday, in the midst of strains among Tehran and Seoul over Iranian subsidizes frozen in South Korean banks because of U.S. sanctions.

Seoul affirmed the capture of a South Korean synthetic big hauler by Iranian experts in the waters off Oman, and requested its prompt delivery.

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A few Iranian news sources, including state TV, said the Guards naval force caught the vessel for contaminating the Gulf with synthetics.

“As per introductory reports by nearby authorities, it is simply a specialized issue and the boat was taken to shore for contaminating the ocean,” state TV cited Iranian Foreign Ministry representative Saeed Khatibzadeh as saying.

The semi-official Tasnim news office distributed pictures indicating the Guards’ speed boats accompanying the big hauler HANKUK CHEMI, which it said was conveying 7,200 tons of ethanol.

It said the vessel’s kept group individuals included nationals of South Korea, Indonesia, Vietnam and Myanmar. Iran’s state TV said the big hauler was being held at Iran’s Bandar Abbas port city. The boat had 20 group individuals, as per South Korea’s unfamiliar service.

The U.S. State Department called for Iran to deliver the big hauler right away.

“The system keeps on compromising navigational rights and opportunities in the Persian Gulf as a feature of an unmistakable endeavor to blackmail the global network into easing the weight of assents,” a State Department agent said.

The U.S. Naval force’s Bahrain-based Fifth Fleet knows about the occurrence and is observing the circumstance, representative Rebecca Rebarich said because of a Reuters question.

The occurrence comes in front of a normal visit by South Korea’s delegate unfamiliar priest to Tehran. Khatibzadeh said the visit would occur in coming days, during which authorities would examine Iran’s interest that South Korea discharge $7 billion in assets frozen in South Korean banks as a result of U.S. sanctions.

The United States reimposed sanctions on Iran in 2018 after Washington pulled out from Tehran’s 2015 atomic arrangement with six significant forces. Under that bargain, Iran had consented to check its atomic work in return for the lifting of approvals.

Iran has fought back by bypassing the limitations of the arrangement bit by bit. In a move that could muddle endeavors by U.S. President-elect Joe Biden to rejoin the arrangement, Tehran said on Monday it had continued 20% uranium advancement at its underground Fordow atomic office.

English firm Ambrey said the South Korean-hailed vessel, possessed by DM Shipping Co, had left from the Petroleum Chemical Quay in Jubail, in Saudi Arabia, before the episode.

Another sea security firm, Dryad Global, said on its site the synthetic big hauler had “likely been confined by Iranian powers” in the Strait of Hormuz while inbound to Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates.

In mid 2019, Iran raised strains on the planet’s busiest oil stream by holding onto British-hailed big hauler Stena Impero, fourteen days after a British warship had blocked an Iranian big hauler off the shoreline of Gibraltar.

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