The Iranian Foreign Ministry commented on Indonesia’s detention of an Iranian oil tanker, and said that it is looking forward to receiving more information from the Indonesian government, noting that “the problem is technical and occurs in the field of shipping.”
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh indicated that “the Iranian Ports Organization and the company that owns the ship are looking forward to finding out the cause of the problem and solving it.” They reached a conclusion. “
And Iranian television, quoting “CNN”, reported that Indonesia had detained an Iranian oil tanker, claiming “illegally transporting oil.”
Fars also quoted Indonesian media as saying that “Jakarta has detained two oil tankers,” one of which is Iranian under the name “Horse”, and the second is flying the Panama flag as “Free”, and that “Indonesian officials said that the reason for the detention of the two tankers was that they transported oil illegally. “Between the two ships, and that the two ships were spotted by chance, as they turned off the tracking devices.”
It is worth noting that the Iranian Revolutionary Guards detained the South Korean vessel MT Hankook Kimi on January 4, on the grounds that it polluted the environment. Observers said that the detention may be related to Iran’s anger over its frozen financial assets in Seoul, a charge denied by Iran.