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Stupid. Iran blew it today. Says it will only release 7 of its 23 Stena crew hostages.

PortandTerminal.com, Sept. 4, 2019

Iran announces that it will reduce it’s Stena Impero hostage count from 23 to 16 innocent crew members.

TEHRAN, IRAN – The Iranian Government has decided to release only seven of the 23 crew members it holds hostage on the detained tanker Stena Impero, according to the ship’s operator Stena Bulk.

That’s simply not enough and leaves 16 innocent crew members as Iranian hostages since they were kidnapped almost two months ago.

Part of the 23-strong crew sitting cross-legged on the floor under the watch of a Revolutionary Guardsman while their shoes sit piled up nearby. Today’s announcement is that 16 of these men don’t get to go home.

Iran had a chance to ease tensions in the Gulf and probably thought that they were doing so by offering to release the 7 hostages. But that still leaves the rest of the innocent crew members as bargaining chips and far away from their families.

Iran has a long history of taking hostages

Stena Bulk’s statements

Stena Bulk is in a very difficult situation. They have both a crew and a vessel held hostage by Iran. One can only imagine the back-door negotiations and effort that it took to come to today’s limp announcement.

“While we welcome this positive development, we have not received confirmation of a release date directly from the Iranian authorities,” 

Stena Bulk spokesperson

Erik Hanell, President and CEO, Stena Bulk

“We view this communication as a positive step on the way to the release of all the remaining crew, which has always been our primary concern and focus,” Erik Hanell, President and CEO, Stena Bulk, noted.

No quid pro quo?

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