Iran seizes Korean oil-products tanker in the Persian Gulf

Iran has seized a South Korean-flagged tanker, used to carry oil products and chemicals, in its territorial waters, citing "repeated violations of marine environmental laws."

The Strait of Hormuz | Photo: Janus Engel

Iran claimed responsibility for seizing a tanker, used to carry oil products and chemicals, after the ship veered into its territorial waters.

The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps seized the South Korea-flagged Hankuk Chemi vessel at 10 a.m. Iranian time "due to repeated violations of marine environmental laws," the IRGC said in a statement. It follows a series of security incidents in the Persian Gulf region, where multiple vessels have been attacked in recent years amid flaring tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

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