WORLD Iran says S. Korea keeps Iranian assets under 'vain pretexts'

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Iran says S. Korea keeps Iranian assets under 'vain pretexts'

Xinhua

19:18, January 05, 2021

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TEHRAN, Jan. 5 (Xinhua) -- Iran's Government spokesman Ali Rabiee said Tuesday that South Korea has taken as "hostage" over 7 billion U.S. dollars of Iranian assets.

"We are not hostage takers, if anyone is a hostage taker, it is the South Korean government" which has kept Iran's assets under "vain pretexts," Rabiee said during his press conference.

Rabiei's comments came a day after Iran seized a South Korean-flagged tanker in the Strait of Hormuz for "environmental concerns."

Iran's funds from oil exports are frozen in the South Korean banks amid U.S. pressures over sanctioning Iran.

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