Iran said it will free a Maersk ship in two days, so long as Marshal Island authorities pay a fine.
Marzieh Afkham, the foreign ministry spokeswoman for the country, said “based on the information we have acquired, it is likely that the dispute will be settled within [the] next two days,” the Associated Press reported.
Iran seized the Maersk Tigris while it was traveling the Strait of Hormuz on April 28. The United States, which has an agreement to protect Marshal Island vessels, sent in a destroyer to the area shortly after learning Iran fired upon the ship and forced it to dock. The United States also sent a plane to monitor Iran’s aggression from the skies.
The ship’s since been held by Iranian authorities, based on a complaint from a private Tehran company.
The amount of the fee-for-freedom was not disclosed.
Iran, as previously reported by WND, fired on a U.S.-flagged ship just days before seizing the Maersk Tigris.