Jan. 4 (UPI) — Iran’s Revolutionary Guards have seized a South Korea-flagged tanker, citing air pollution, in accordance Iranian information companies.

Fars Information Company and Tasnim Information Company reported the ship was captured Monday within the Strait of Hormuz, the world’s most vital passageway for oil. The tanker was touring from Saudi Arabia to the United Arab Emirates when Iran’s armed compelled seized the ship, reviews mentioned.

In keeping with Tasnim, the South Korean ship was inflicting “environmental and chemical issues within the Persian Gulf,” however the report didn’t present particulars about the reason for air pollution.

United Kingdom Maritime Commerce Operations mentioned Monday by way of its web site it’s “conscious” of an “interplay” that occurred within the morning between a “Service provider Vessel” and “Iranian Authorities.”

“As a consequence of this interplay the Service provider Vessel made an alteration after all North and proceeded into Iranian Territorial Waters,” UKMTO mentioned, with out offering additional particulars.

The South Korean ship that was stopped has been recognized because the MT Hankuk Chemi, in line with South Korean newspaper Korea Financial Every day.

South Korean sources at Seoul’s international ministry mentioned they’ve confirmed 5 South Korean crew members had been on board. The South Korean authorities is “persevering with communications with Iranian authorities” relating to the seizure of the tanker, in line with the South Korean press report.

On Monday Iran’s Revolutionary Guards issued a proper assertion, charging the MT Hankuk Chemi of “repeated violations” of Iran’s air pollution tips, in line with South Korean information company Yonhap. The armed forces mentioned they may comply with “judicial procedures” relating to the ship taken to Bandar Abbas, on the southern coast of Iran.

Iran’s navy additionally mentioned in its assertion the ship was carrying 7,200 tons of chemical substances. Residents of South Korea, Indonesia, Vietnam and Myanmar had been on board, Iran mentioned.