An audio recording has been released of the moments before Iran’s Revolutionary Guard seized a British oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz on Friday.
The radio transmission reveals the British navy appearing to warn Iranian forces against seizing the Stena Impero tanker. A move that increased tensions between Iran and the West. “If you obey, you will be safe,” a member of the Iranian navy is heard telling the British tanker while demanding it change course.
“Please confirm that you are not intending to violate international law by unlawfully attempting to board,” the British voice says. The warship also reminded the tanker’s crew of their right to pass through the strait. The Iranian boat says it is taking action for security purposes.