Iran Seizes South Korean Tanker In the Persian Gulf

Iranian state media claimed that Iran’s Revolutionary Guards navy has seized a South Korean vessel for allegedly polluting the Persian Gulf with chemicals.

Iranian state media claimed that Iran’s Revolutionary Guards navy has seized a South Korean vessel for allegedly polluting the Persian Gulf with chemicals.

The MT Hankuk Chemi was seized as it passed through the Strait of Hormuz.

MarineTraffic.com showed that the MT Hankuk Chemi was off the port of Bandar Abbas on Monday afternoon before suddenly moving from Saudi Arabia to Fujairah in the UAE.

The ship reportedly carried 7,200 tons of ethanol and had a crew from Korea, Indonesia, Myanmar, and Vietnam. 

The seizure came just hours after Iran announced that a South Korean diplomat was expected to visit Seoul soon negotiate the release of $7 billion in frozen assets from oil sales earned before the US imposed sanctions on the country’s oil exports.

The US said that the Bahrain-based 5th Fleet is monitoring the situation closely. 


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