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International relations

Iran sends warning to US friends with South Korea tanker seizure

Seoul weighs using frozen assets to purchase vaccines for Tehran

The South Korean-flagged Hankuk Chemi was seized Jan. 4 in waters off Oman with 20 crew members on board.   © IRGC/WANA via Reuters

DUBAI/SEOUL -- Tensions between Iran and South Korea are surging after the Revolutionary Guard took control of a South Korean-flagged tanker, a move some see as a warning to other countries that side too closely with the U.S. on sanctions against Tehran.

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