Iran Shouldn’t Use British Nationals as ‘Political Leverage,’ UK’s Cleverly Says

The Iranian regime shouldn’t use British dual nationals as “political leverage,” a British minister said on Monday. James Cleverly, Britain’s Foreign Office minister for Middle East and North Africa, said that the incarceration of British-Iranian nationals such as Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is “completely unacceptable and inappropriate” and should be kept separate from ongoing legal disputes between the two countries. It comes after Iranian state TV on Sunday quoted anonymous sources as saying a deal had been reached for the United Kingdom to pay £400 million ($552 million) to see the release of British-Iranian woman Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe. The aid worker, mother of one was given a one-year jail term on April 26 for spreading “propaganda” against the Iranian regime, less than two months after completing a five-year sentence for plotting to overthrow the clerical establishment, a charge she denies. The charges against her and other dual citizens “are illegitimate, they’re unfounded, their incarceration is completely …
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