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Iran seizes South-Korean-flagged chemical tanker over "chemical pollution"

ISNA - Iranian Students' News Agency

Mon / 4 January 2021 / 16:19

Tehran (ISNA) - Iran has seized a South-Korean-flagged chemical tanker in its southern waters over "chemical pollution" of the Persian Gulf, informed sources say.

The Korean vessel has been seized by IRGC Navy and moved to an Iranian port.

The tanker Hankuk Chemi had left Saudi port city of Al-Jubail and was returning to South Korea when it was seized at 10 am (local time) upon the Iranian Ports and Maritime Organization's request over "repeated violation of marine environmental regulations", according the IRGC Navy.

"It was carrying 7,200 tons of ethanol," the IRGC said, adding that its crew members are from Korea, Indonesia, Vietnam and Myanmar.

According to the IRGC Navy, the tanker is now berthed at the Iranian port city of Bandar Abbas and the Judiciary will deal with its case.

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