The Pentagon is demanding that China return an unmanned underwater U.S. Navy vehicle it seized in the South China Sea.

The department said in a statement Friday it is using “appropriate government-to-government channels,” to call upon China to return the drone “immediately.”

“We call upon China to return our [unmanned, underwater vehicle or UUV] immediately, and to comply with all of its obligations under international law,” Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook said.

“The UUV is a sovereign immune vessel of the United States,” he added.

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