IMO urges US, member states not to endanger maritime security

MNA – Iranian Ambassador to London Hamid Baedinejad said Thu. 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.”

Today, the Iranian Ambassador to the UK Hamid Baedinejad reported on his Twitter account “moments ago, the International Maritime Organization’s Council in London, following an inquiry into Iran’s proposed document against US sanctions, called on the United States and other member states to refrain from taking any action that endangers the safety and security of international shipping and shipping freedom.”