The VNA reporter in Seoul quoted diplomatic sources on February 7, saying that Korea plans to put the crew members on the tanker. MT Hankuk Chemi detained by Iran and returned to South Korea next week after Tehran announced it would release most of the crew.
Last week, about a month after the Iranian military seized the ship and its crew in its waters on allegations that it polluted the ocean, Tehran announced that it would release the affected crew members. incarcerated on board, except the captain.
Korean Embassy officials in this Middle Eastern country recently met with sailors to check their health and listen to their feelings.
[Đại sứ quán Hàn Quốc tiếp xúc thủy thủ đoàn trên tàu bị Iran bắt giữ]
“We are working hard to finalize the list of sailors who will return to their home country,” said one diplomatic source. “After quickly understanding their wishes, we will provide them with all the consular assistance they need. set. ”
Another source noted that the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and ship owners will promote their return to Korea before the upcoming Lunar New Year holiday.
There are a total of 20 members shipper on board – 5 people South Korea, 11 Burmese, 2 Indonesian and 2 Vietnamese. Some Korean sailors said they would stay on the ship to look after the ship.
Iran’s decision to release the sailors appears to have come after Seoul made progress in its negotiations with the US on using a portion of the money Iran is blocked at Korean banks due to US sanctions to pay Iran’s United Nations debts./.