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A newly-released recording has revealed the tense exchange between the Royal Navy and Iranian military in the run-up to the seizure of a British oil tanker.
In the clip recorded during Friday’s incident an Iranian vessel can be heard repeatedly warning the British-flagged Stena Impero to change course, saying: “If you obey you will be safe.”
HMS Montrose can then be heard telling the tanker: “As you are conducting transit passage in a recognised international strait, under international law your passage must not be impaired, impeded, obstructed or hampered.”
It then informs Iran any attempt to board the Impero would be a “violation of international law”, during the three-minute clip obtained by maritime security firm Dryad Global.
Speed boats would later surround the vessel and balaclava-clad Iranian troops abseil on to its deck, with footage of the dramatic scenes released by Iran’s Fars news agency yesterday.
It has since been reported the Impero may have been sent spoof coordinates by Russian spy technology.