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    Iran releases seized South Korean ship: Khatibzadeh

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    Iran releases seized South Korean ship: Khatibzadeh

    Confirming the release of seized South Korean oil tanker, Saeed Khatibzadeh said that聽following the completion of the investigation into the violation of the Korean ship and at the request of the owner and the Korean government for the release, the prosecutor ordered the release of the ship.

    The prosecutor ordered the release of the ship due to the fact that聽the captain and the ship did not have a bad record in the field of violations in the region, he added.

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    The Islamic Republic of Iran, as a country with long coastlines in the Persian Gulf and the Sea of Oman, emphasizes the full observance of maritime regulations, including regulations on environmental protection, and monitors and follows up any violations in this regard, Khatibzadeh noted.

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    Seoul’s foreign ministry also confirmed Friday that聽Iran released the South Korean oil tanker and its captain, Yonhap reported.

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    The ship, with its captain and 12 other crew members aboard, left the port near Bandar Abbas on the southern coast, at around 6 a.m. (Iran time), the ministry said. The crew members had been released earlier but have remained on the ship for maintenance purposes.

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    The ministry said the captain and the crew members remain safe and sound.

    Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps seized the Hankuk Chemi and its 20 crew members in its waters on Jan. 4 due to the violation of聽environmental rules.

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