Tehran has dismissed allegations that an Iranian-flagged oil tanker has been seized for illegally transferring oil, regardless of Indonesian authorities claiming the ship was “caught red-handed.”

Talking on Monday, Iranian International Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh stated they had been nonetheless ready for extra data from the Indonesian authorities however claimed a senior Iranian diplomat had assured Tehran that the problem was purely technical. 

“The senior diplomat of our nation stated it is a technical concern, and there have been such incidents within the delivery concern earlier than,” Khatibzadeh acknowledged.

“The Ports and Transport Group and the ship proprietor firm wish to examine the explanations for the problem and resolve this concern, and our embassy in Indonesia, in addition to the Ministry of International Affairs, is intently following this concern,” he added.

On Sunday, the Iranian-flagged ‘MT Horse’ and the Panamanian-flagged ‘MT Freya’ vessels had been seized by Indonesian authorities over suspected unlawful oil switch within the nation’s waters. 

“The tankers, first detected at 5:30 a.m. native time (2130 GMT on Jan. 23) hid their id by not exhibiting their nationwide flags, turning off automated identification techniques and didn’t reply to a radio name,” Indonesian coast guard spokesman Wisnu Pramandita stated in an announcement.

Wisnu claimed the vessels had been “caught red-handed” and that an oil spill was recognized across the tankers. He stated 61 crew members from each vessels have been detained. 

Each tankers are able to carrying two million barrels of oil. 

Tehran has steadily been accused of directing its tankers to modify off their monitoring techniques in an effort to conceal the vacation spot of their oil exports and evade US sanctions. 

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Earlier in January, Iran seized a South Korean vessel reportedly carrying some 7,200 tons of chemical compounds within the Strait of Hormuz throughout its journey from Saudi Arabia to the United Arab Emirates. 

Tehran says the vessel was seized after it was caught polluting the seas however has additionally demanded South Korea launch seven billion {dollars} Iranian belongings, frozen because of US sanctions. Iran denies it has taken the ship hostage.

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