Iran released the South Korean oil tanker MT Hankuk Chemi and its captain, who were detained in an Iranian port on 4 January. This was announced on Friday by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea.
According to the department, 19 sailors were released on February 2. The captain remained on board to operate the tanker.
The Foreign Ministry said in a statement that it called for a swift release through close contacts with the Iranian Foreign Ministry following the visit of the Deputy Foreign Minister of the Republic of Korea to Tehran in January.
Recall that in early January, the Iranian military detained a South Korean ship in connection with the alleged chemical pollution. There were 20 sailors on board, including five citizens of the Republic of Korea, 11 citizens of Myanmar, two citizens of Indonesia and two citizens of Vietnam.