The Islamic Republic of Iran's Shipping Lines Managing Director Mohammad Hossein Dajmar called seizure of three Iranian ships in Singapore a "western wrongdoing".
His remarks came following reports that three Iranian ships dubbed "Sahand", "Sabalan" and "Tochal" were seized in Singapore.
"The measure was not due to Iran's debts, it came due to sanctions and we are trying to solve it," he told ISNA when asked whether the measure was due to Iran's debts.
He added, "the seizure came a few days ago."
Dajmar said, "the ships were carrying containers, but they were unloaded and are now empty."
"Iran had taken out loan before imposition of sanctions against Iran, but they (the West) pressed Iran to liquidate right now," he said calling the West's measure as "one of its wrongdoings."
Dajmar went on to say that Iran will do its utmost to prevent the ship from putting up to auction.
As to any talks with Singapore on the issue, the Iranian official said, "the involved party is not Singapore, but it is France which captured the ships in Singapore, we are in talks to liquidate and settle the problem."
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