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Friday 9 April 2021

Iran Releases South Korean Ship after 4 Months

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TEHRAN (IRNA) — Iran released on Friday a South Korean ship and its captain detained since January after South Korea promised to try to secure the release of Iranian funds frozen in South Korean banks under U.S. sanctions, a South Korean official said.

Iran’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced that the Islamic Republic released a South Korean oil tanker following an investigation, which led to a decision that the ship and its captain have not had bad record.

Saeed Khatibzadeh, Spokesman for Iran’s Foreign Ministry, told reporters on Friday that the chemical tanker, Hankuk Chemi, was released after an investigation into environmental pollution, and at the request of the South Korean government and its owner.

The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps seized the Korean oil tanker and the 20 crew members in Iranian waters on January 4, 2021, accusing the ship violateng environmental regulations. A few days later, Iran released all crews except for the captain. Iran has denied allegations that the seizure of the tanker and its crew constituted hostage-taking, saying it was South Korea that was holding Iranian funds hostage.

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  • Please correct the article. It is "3" months, not "4".

  • how korea could give iran garanties about releasing its funds, they can nothing without the american authorization

  • It is typical of Iran: taking hostages. Remember the US embassy in Tehran? The hostage-taking in Beirut? Terrorist attacks etc etc etc They are gangsters, never negotiate with a bank robber.

  • Typical of Iran or typical of the Islamic regime? The Islamic regime in Iran is not Iran. It doesn’t represent the Iranians, at any level.

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