South Korean forces arrive in waters near strait of Hormuz amid Iran tensions

Destroyer moves into region one day after Revolutionary Guards seize a South Korean tanker

The South Korean-flagged tanker MT Hankuk Chemi is escorted by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards navy after being seized in the Gulf. Photograph: Tasnim News/AFP/Getty Images

South Korean forces have arrived in waters near the strait of Hormuz as pressure builds on Iran to free a South Korean tanker it seized along with its crew on Monday.

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards said they had taken control of the South Korean vessel, the Hankuk Chemi, and its 20 crew because it was “polluting the Persian Gulf with chemicals”. The tanker is being held at Iran’s Bandar Abbas port city.

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