DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Amid a billions of dollars seized from the Seoul left port on Friday, soon after being released by the ship and its captain, a South Korean oil tanker held by Iran for months, between Tehran and world powers Hours before further talks. On its tedious nuclear deal.
The South Korean Foreign Ministry said MT Hankook Kemi left the Iranian port at 6 am local time after completing the administrative process, and data from MarineTraffic.com showed that Bandar Abbas was released in the early morning hours.
Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh later confirmed that Iran had abandoned the vessel. “At the request of the owner and the Korean government, the order to release the ship was issued by the prosecutor,” Khatibzadeh was told by the state-run IRNA news agency.
Hanuk Chemi was traveling in January from a petrochemical facility in Jubail, Saudi Arabia, in the United Arab Emirates, when armed soldiers from the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps blew up and forced the ship to change course and travel to Iran.
Iran accused MT Hanuk Chemie of polluting the waters in the significant strait of Hormuz, but the jackal was widely seen as an attempt to pressure Seoul to tie Iranian troops to South Korean banks in response to US sanctions The release of billions of dollars in assets. Iran
The Foreign Ministry of South Korea did not elaborate on the terms of the ship’s release. In February, Iran released the majority of the ship’s crew.
South Korea’s Yonhap news agency quoted an unnamed Foreign Ministry official as suggesting that Seoul could pay Iran’s United Nations dues that were owed.
In January, the United Nations said Iran topped the list of countries that owed money to the world body, and countries risk losing their voting rights if they did not resolve the debt issue.
The development was to resume talks between Iran and world powers in Vienna on Friday to break the deadlock over Iran’s sanctions against Iran and Iran’s nuclear deal.
The 2015 nuclear deal, which President Donald Trump abandoned after three years, offered relief to Iran’s sanctions in exchange for a ban on its nuclear program.