Jan. 5 (UPI) — Iran is demanding the guardian firm of a South Korean tanker seized Monday pay damages for polluting waters within the Strait of Hormuz because the agency denies the allegations.

Massoud Polmeh, chairman of Iran’s Delivery Society, mentioned Tuesday confiscating the MT Hankuk Chemi and detaining crew members was the appropriate factor to do in mild of “violations,” Iran’s Mehr Information Company reported.

“The South Korean ship was seized for repeated violations of environmental legal guidelines,” Polmeh mentioned, with out offering particulars of the alleged offense. “They have to pay compensation for environmental air pollution.”

Polmeh’s assertion comes a day after Iran’s Revolutionary Guards mentioned the tanker repeatedly violated Iran’s anti-pollution pointers, and that the ship was carrying 7,200 tons of chemical compounds.

DM Delivery, the South Korean delivery firm, mentioned the costs are false, South Korean information service CBS No Minimize Information reported Tuesday.

“We now have no motive to pollute the seas,” a agency consultant mentioned.

“As a result of there are such a lot of boats close by, if there was any marine air pollution, we’d have already obtained a report” in regards to the tanker from different sources, DM Delivery mentioned.

On Tuesday Seoul’s overseas ministry summoned Iranian Ambassador Saeed Badamchi Shabestari, and expressed remorse, in line with native information service Information 1.

Shabestari, who was additionally summoned final yr after an Iranian official threatened to sue Seoul over the freezing of Iranian belongings in compliance with U.S. sanctions, mentioned all crew members together with residents of South Korea, Indonesia, Vietnam and Myanmar are secure.

South Korea’s army has responded to the seizure of the tanker. The 33rd contingent of the Cheonghae unit, assigned to anti-piracy operations within the Gulf of Aden, was deployed to the Strait of Hormuz to “reply to the state of affairs,” Information 1 reported.

The workplace of President Moon Jae-in mentioned the incident is being taken “very significantly” and emergency conferences have been held among the many ministries, in line with Newsis.

South Korean Vice Overseas Minister Choi Jong-kun is to go to Iran on a three-day journey on Sunday to “resolve the difficulty,” in line with stories.