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    The Iranian authorities released a Marshall Islands-flagged cargo ship seized earlier.

    CAIRO/MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Iranian authorities have released a Marshall Islands-flagged cargo ship seized earlier on Tuesday, no crew members were detained, according to Al Arabiya television.

    The Iranian navy detained a 34-men crew cargo ship after a local court issued an order for its confiscation, the Iranian FARS news agency reported, citing informed sources.

    According to the report, the ship was seized at the request of Iran's Ports and Maritime Organization, which had financial disagreements with the owner of the vessel.

    The Marshall Islands gained independence from the United States in 1986. However, the United States retained authority and responsibility for the defense of the islands.

    According to the ship-owning company, there were no US citizens on board of the vessel. The crew included people from eastern Europe and Asia.

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