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ΙΜΟ to ensure maritime security

Iranian Ambassador to London Hamid Baedinejad said Thu. (Nov. 22) that the International Maritime Organization (IMO) responded to Iran’s demand and called on the United States and other member states to refrain from taking any action which puts international maritime security at risk.

Earlier this month on November 12, a week after the US sanctions took effect, Brian Hook, the US special envoy for Iran, threatened countries and port operators not to work with Iranian oil tankers and warned them not to facilitate Iranian ships’ access to international waterways and port facilities. Hook threatened that self-insured Iranian ships and oil tankers could be put at risk, warning “self-insured Iranian tankers are a risk to the ports that permit them to dock (and) the canals that allow them to transit.”

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