Jan. 11 (UPI) — Gangsters are usually experts at blackmail, extortion and the protection racket. The criminal Iranian regime excels at all three.
As the clock ticks down to Joe Biden’s inauguration as the 46th U.S. president, the increasingly unstable theocratic regime is building up its litany of threats, blackmail and extortion in a desperate bid to secure an end to crippling U.S. economic sanctions.
Last week, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps seized a South Korean-flagged tanker in Gulf waters. The IRGC said it had detained the Hankuk Chemi tanker and its crew for allegedly dumping toxic chemicals in the Gulf. This blatantly false charge hid the rising tension between Tehran and Seoul over $7 billion in Iranian funds frozen in South Korean banks due to President Donald Trump‘s “maximum pressure” sanctions.
The vessel’s crew includes nationals from South Korea, Indonesia, Vietnam and Myanmar, who have all been effectively kidnapped and taken hostage. The tanker is being held at Iran’s Bandar Abbas port city. Unsurprisingly, the incident coincided with a proposed visit to Tehran by South Korea’s deputy foreign minister.
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