3. Two Indonesian Seafarers of South Korean Tanker Detained by Iran Are Safe
Two Indonesian crew members of a South Korean-flagged oil tanker that was seized by Iran in the Persian Gulf’s Strait of Hormuz, are safe.
“The Foreign Affairs Ministry and the South Korean Embassy in Iran ensure all crew members are safe. They ask for an immediate release of the ship,” South Korea’s Foreign Affairs Ministry said in a statement on Monday, January 4 as quoted by Kontan.co.id via the Yonhap news agency.
DM Shipping, the operator, said that the MT Hankuk Chemi oil tanker that was detained by Iran carried a crew of 20, comprising five Koreans, 11 Myanmar nationals, two Indonesians, and two Vietnamese.
In response to the seizure, South Korea has sent its warship carrying members of the Cheonghae anti-piracy unit stationed in the Strait of Hormuz.
The warship was deployed to waters near the Strait of Hormuz where the MT Hankuk Chemi oil tanker was seized.
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