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Iran blasts West’s politicization of S. Korean tanker seizure and calls on Seoul to launch frozen Iranian belongings — RT World Information


Iran’s overseas ministry has slammed the interventionist statements of the American and French governments, insisting Tehran’s seizure of a South Korean flagged tanker was not political, however attributable to environmental air pollution.

Talking on Monday, Iranian Overseas Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh referred to as on France to “respect worldwide regulation,” after Paris and its Western allies demanded Iran launch the South Korean-flagged MT Hankuk Chemi. 

“The [South] Korean ship was seized due to polluting the marine setting within the Persian Gulf with a earlier warning and a court docket order,” mentioned Khatibzadeh. 

“Those that search to politicize the problem are transferring within the incorrect path.” 

The vessel was commandeered and its crew arrested by Iran forces final Monday.

The MT Hankuk Chemi was reportedly carrying 7,200 tons of oil chemical merchandise. 



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The spokesman added that Iranian Overseas Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and South Korean Deputy Overseas Minister Choi Jong-kun have been attributable to maintain talks in a while Monday. 

Khatibzadeh mentioned the 2 ministers could be discussing the seized vessel and the Iranian belongings which have been frozen by Seoul. 



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Final week, Iranian authorities spokesman Ali Rabiei instructed reporters that South Korea was the social gathering responsible of “hostage taking” and never Iran, citing the truth that Seoul had frozen a number of billion {dollars} in Iranian cash and refused to switch it to Tehran below the pretext of complying with US sanctions on Iran.

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