South Korean forces are arriving in the waters around the Hormuz Strait amid Iranian tensions.

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A day after Revolutionary Guards capture South Korean tanker, Destroyer moves into area

As pressure rises on Iran to release a South Korean tanker it seized Monday along with its crew, South Korean forces have arrived in waters near the Strait of Hormuz. As officials in Seoul pursued a diplomatic solution to the standoff, the Choi Young, a destroyer carrying members of the Cheonghae anti-piracy unit, arrived in the strategic region on Tuesday. Officials emphasized that, according to the Yonhap news agency, there were no preparations for a military operation to free the crew of five South Koreans, 11 Myanmarese, two Indonesians and two Vietnamese. “As tensions rise with the U.S., Iran seizes South Korean tanker. Read more “[The destroyer] is carrying out missions to ensure the safety of our citizens,” said Foreign Ministry spokesman Boo Seung-chan Tuesday. An unnamed official told Yonhap, “The problem should be resolved by diplomacy. The owner of the Hankuk Chemi said Tuesday that the ship was raided by Revolutionary Guard troops and forced to chanhap it to chanuk Chemi.

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