BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:40 P.M.) – On Monday, South Korea sent an anti-piracy unit to the Gulf waters, after the Iranian Revolutionary Guards detained a South Korean ship.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of South Korea said in a statement on Sunday that “the Iranian authorities have detained a South Korean chemical tanker in waters off Oman and demanded its immediate release,” according to the state-owned Yonhap Agency.
The ministry said, “South Korean forces stationed in the Strait of Hormuz have been sent to the region,” calling for “the release of the chemical tanker that Iran has seized.”
Iran had announced earlier today, the seizure of a ship flying the flag of South Korea, claiming that it pollutes the environment in the Gulf region.
An informed source in the Iranian Ports and Shipping Authority told Iranian state television, “A ship in the Persian Gulf flying the flag of South Korea was seized due to environmental pollution, and it was directed to an Iranian port to investigate the violation.”
The Iranian Fars agency said, the ship that the Iranian Revolutionary Guard stopped in the Gulf was heading from the port of Jubail in Saudi Arabia to South Korea and loaded with 7,200 tons of ethanol. ”
For its part, the Iranian Tasnim Agency said, “The detained foreign crew is from Korea, Indonesia, Vietnam and Myanmar,” noting that the ship’s movement into Iranian territorial waters in Bandar Abbas was monitored.