The South Korean chemical tanker vessel ‘MT Hankuk Chemi’ was seized by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Navy in the Persian Gulf today due to violating environmental protocols.
South Korea demanded the vessel’s immediate release. South Korea also dispatched its anti-piracy special forces, Cheonghae Unit to the location.
MT Hankuk Chemi was carrying 7,200 tons of oil-based chemicals and been traveling from Saudi Arabia to the United Arab Emirates.
Update: the ship is no anchored near Iranian port of Bandar Abbas, and the entire crew has been arrested.
January 5, 2021 – This video is in Korean language, please read the summary below.
South Korea is to send a delegation to Iran to negotiate the release of MT Hankuk Chemi, seized by Iran. Iranian foreign minister confirmed today the crews are all safe and healthy. Korean anti-piracy, special forces have arrived at the scene of the conflict.