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Iran holds naval parade in Persian Gulf amid standoff over tanker
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Thursday, January 07, 2021, 23:45
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Iran’s Revolutionary Guard boats assault a naval vessel throughout a three-day navy drill within the Gulf on April 22, 2010. (MEHDI MARIZAD / FARS NEWS / Newpaper24)

The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps held naval drills involving a whole lot of boats within the Persian Gulf, simply as a South Korean delegation headed to Tehran to barter the discharge of a tanker seized by Iran earlier this week.

READ MORE: S. Korea delegation ‘heads to Iran’ to seek release of tanker

The IRGC’s volunteer Basij paramilitary drive led a parade of greater than 700 gentle and mid-weight vessels within the waters off Assalouyeh on Thursday, round 450 kilometers west of the port of Bandar Abbas the place the Korean ship is being held, based on an announcement on the IRGC’s information web site, Sepah Information.

Thursday’s parade was a part of commemoration occasions for the one-year anniversary of the killing of IRGC commander Qassem Soleimani by the US, based on an announcement on the IRGC’s information web site, Sepah Information

The IRGC’s naval fleet is usually comprised of small, agile boats that it makes use of to police delivery routes across the Strait of Hormuz. On Monday a few of them seized the South Korean-flagged Hankuk Chemi for alleged violations of environmental legal guidelines, one thing its operator has denied.

South Korea has already despatched its personal warship, the ROKS Choi Younger, towards waters close to the strait, and a diplomatic delegation left for Iran early on Thursday to barter the tanker’s launch, Yonhap information company reported.

Iran has used its affect over the Persian Gulf to push again in opposition to US-led makes an attempt to isolate it economically. A authorities spokesman this week linked the seizure of the tanker to billions of {dollars} trapped in South Korea by US sanctions.

Thursday’s parade was a part of commemoration occasions for the one-year anniversary of the killing of IRGC commander Qassem Soleimani by the US, based on the assertion.

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