UK nationals should not be used as political leverage by Iran, says minister

James Cleverly says ‘arbitrary’ detention of dual nationals such as Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe should not be linked to other disputes

British dual nationals should not be used as “political leverage” by Iran, according to a UK minister, who pushed back on claims in Tehran that a multimillion pound debt is to be settled for Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s release.

The renewed focus on the plight of the 42-year-old British-Iranian woman – who has been held in Iran since 2016 – continued amid some signs that Iran could be on the verge of releasing two US-Iranian nationals.

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