Iran frees detained South Korean tanker Hankuk Chemi – Rossiyskaya Gazeta

Iran released the South Korean tanker Hankuk Chemi, which was detained on January 4 this year in the Persian Gulf. The agency Yonhap reports.

The ship carrying oil, carrying 13 people, left the Iranian port at 6 am local time. The South Korean Foreign Ministry said that the entire crew is alive, no one needs medical assistance.

Tanker Hankuk Chemi was detained for violating environmental regulations. This is what the authorities of the Islamic Republic said. But some media outlets suggested that Tehran was thus seeking to unfreeze about $ 7 billion of Iranian assets blocked in South Korean banks due to US sanctions.

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