Jan. 8 (UPI) — South Korean diplomats arrived in Tehran to barter the discharge of the MT Hankuk Chemi seized on Monday, however discussions may drag out as a result of Iranian calls for.

Seoul’s overseas ministry stated Friday the delegation landed within the Iranian capital on Thursday and has been briefed by the South Korean Embassy in Tehran, Yonhap reported. Embassy officers have been capable of make direct contact with the crew, which incorporates South Korean, Indonesian, Vietnamese and Myanmarese nationals.

Iran has stated it isn’t interested by negotiations with Seoul and denied the seize of the South Korean tanker was politically motivated. However Iranian overseas ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh stated Thursday the South Korean delegation was in Tehran to “focus on accessing Iranian funds in Korea,” a reference to frozen Iranian property.

Officers in Tehran have condemned Seoul for freezing state property, estimated to be $7 billion, in line with Yonhap. Final 12 months, Iran slammed Korea for freezing its property in two South Korean financial institution accounts. The transfer from Seoul got here after the US strengthened Iran sanctions and withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal.

Seoul sources who spoke to Yonhap on the situation of anonymity stated Iran is in search of methods to unlock the property to buy $1 billion of medical gear and purchase greater than $10 million price of COVID-19 vaccines from the COVAX facility, managed by the World Well being Group.

Seoul’s diplomatic sources additionally stated South Korea plans to sort out Iranian costs of alleged air pollution. The MT Hankuk Chemi’s father or mother firm has denied the allegations.

South Korea has deployed a naval destroyer to seas close to the Strait of Hormuz. The 33rd contingent of the Cheonghae Unit consists of troops who took half within the 2011 Operation Daybreak of Gulf of Aden towards Somali pirates within the Arabian Sea, South Korean information service Newsis reported Friday.

The rescue operation was launched after pirates seized South Korean tanker Samho Jewellery. In the course of the skirmish, the South Korean unit captured 5 pirates and killed eight, in line with the report.