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UK Navy Heard In Audio Trying To Thwart Iran Ship Seizure

Royal Navy Type 23 frigate HMS Montrose is pictured at speed in the Mediterranean Sea during Exercise Cougar 12 October 10, 2012. Picture taken October 10, 2012. LA(PHOT) Joel Rouse/Royal Navy/Ministry of Defence/Handout via REUTERS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP)

In an audio recording released by a maritime security risk firm, a British naval officer can be heard saying that the transit of a British-flagged vessel through the Strait of Hormuz must not be impaired under international law, just before it is seized by Iranian forces.

The same recording has an Iranian naval officer telling the Stena Impero to change course, saying: "You obey, you will be safe."

The audio released Sunday by Dryad Global shows how the British navy was unable to prevent the ship's seizure by Iranian forces on Friday.

Iranian officials say the move came in response to Britain's role in seizing an Iranian supertanker loaded with some 2 million barrels of crude weeks earlier.

Friday's incident comes amid heightened tensions between the U.S. and Iran.