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South Korea deploys naval vessel to Strait of Hormuz

South Korea has deployed a warship to the Stait of Hormuz after the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps seized a South Korean-flagged tanker Monday, citing pollution. South Korea demands that the ship and its 20-man crew be released.

Archive photo from 2011, the vessel now sails under the name Hankuk Chemi. Photo: SHIPHOTOS...BY PAUL BEESLEY/via REUTERS / X04130

A naval vessel from South Korea is headed to the Strait of Hormuz after Iran seized a tanker vessel sailing under South Korean flag.

Monday, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) seized vessel Hankuk Chemi claiming "repeated violations of marine environmental laws". The ship was headed to Jubail in Saudi Arabia, but has instead now been brought to the port Bandar Abbas in Iran.

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