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South Korea to send delegation to negotiate the release of a ship
Team Sea and Coast | 07/01/2021
As reported on Tuesday South Korea will send a delegation to negotiate the release of a ship and its 20-member crew after the vessel was seized by Iranian navy.
As per the Iranian officials the ship was detained in the Persian Gulf by the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps because it had violated environmental protocols and was polluting the sea. According to the South Korean company owner the ship was carrying 7,200 tons of chemicals, mostly methanol, and has denied that it was polluting the waters.
The tensions come as Tehran has attempted to pressure the Seoul government to release about $7 billion in revenues from oil sales that remain frozen in South Korean banks since the Trump administration tightened sanctions on Iran.