The South Korean oil tanker seized by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards in January has been released. The seizure led to a diplomatic clash between Seoul and Tehran at the beginning of this year.
The South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that the captain has also been released and is in good physical condition. The rest of the crew had been released earlier, but remained on the tanker for repairs. According to images from MarineTraffic.com, the tanker has since left the Iranian port city of Bandar Abbas.
The ship was detained in the Strait of Hormuz on suspicion of an oil spill in early January. The tanker was on the way from Saudi Arabia to the United Arab Emirates. Internationally, the seizure is seen as retaliation for the freezing of approximately $7 billion in Iranian assets in South Korea due to the sanctions imposed by the United States on Tehran. Iran wants the United States to relax sanctions.
Today in Vienna, the international summit on the resumption of the nuclear agreement and diplomatic contacts with Iran continue. In 2018, President Trump announced that the United States would unilaterally withdraw from the agreement. Later Iran followed.