Jan 10 2021

Iran: South Korean delegation meets with Iranian officials in Tehran to discuss seized oil tanker

A South Korean delegation led by Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Choi Jong Kun met with an Iranian delegation led by Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi at the Iranian Foreign Ministry building in Tehran on Sunday.

Officials discussed the potential release of the South Korean oil tanker and its crew seized by Iranian authorities last week.

On January 4, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) seized the Korean ship, the MT Hankuk Chemi, on allegations of environmental pollution. The tanker was reportedly carrying 20 crew members, five of which were South Koreans.

The ship is currently docked on the southern coast of Iran, in the city of Bandar Abbas. On Wednesday, the South Korean embassy in Tehran confirmed the safety of all 20 sailors.


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