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US State Department calls on Iran to release South Korean-flagged tanker

08:23, 05 January 2021
US State Department calls on Iran to release South Korean-flagged tanker Photo: Sri Lanka Air Force Media/XinHua

The US State Department has called on Iran to immediately release a South Korean-flagged tanker that it seized in the Gulf, Reuters reports.


The US also accused Tehran of threatening freedom of navigation as a way to extract relief from economic sanctions.

The (Iranian) regime continues to threaten navigational rights and freedoms in the Persian Gulf as part of a clear attempt to extort the international community into relieving the pressure of sanctions. We join the Republic of Korea’s call for Iran to immediately release the tanker, said a State Department spokesperson.

The UN report on the killing of Head of Iran’s elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) General Qassem Soleimani made the US nervous, Mohammad Javad Zarif said earlier.