Iran has finally released the long-seized South Korean oil tanker “Hankuk Chemi,” South Korean authorities said on Friday.
The South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated: “The ship departed Iran after completing administrative procedures.”
The statement added: “The captain and sailors are in good health and it’s been confirmed the ship and its cargoes had no problems.”
Seized since January, the Iranian authorities expressed that they would end the disputed vessel issue this week, however, Seoul asserted that the 20-multinational sailor crew is still on the board of the ship.
Tehran expressed that the ship was detained near Hormuz Strait on its way to KSA and UAE due to environmental pollution, on the other hand, the ship’s operators rejected such claims.
The crisis of the ship has caused some tensions to the relationship between Iran and South Korea and both have exchanged dozens of statements over the ship until its release.