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UK's Boris Johnson forced to call Iran after aid worker gaffe

Tuesday, November 07, 2017 - 01:24

Comments by British foreign minister Boris Johnson about the case of Iranian-British aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe can form no ''justifiable basis'' for further action against her, a spokesman said on Tuesday. Scarlett Cvitanovich reports

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Britian's Boris Johnson has warned Iran his comments about a jailed aid worker offer no basis for further action against her. The Foreign Minister called his Iranian counterpart on Tuesday (November 7) after fears his words could lead to the woman's prison sentence being extended. (UPSOT) (English) BORIS JOHNSON, BRITISH FOREIGN SECRETARY, SAYING: "I accept that my remarks could have been clearer." Iranian-British project manager Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is already serving five-years after being convicted of plotting to overthrow Iran's clerical establishment. Johnson told the British parliament's foreign affairs committee last week Zaghari-Ratcliffe had been teaching people journalism. A statement that the Thomson-Reuters Foundation, a charity organization for which she works, and her family, said was incorrect. (UPSOT) (English) MONIQUE VILLA, THOMSON REUTERS FOUNDATION CEO, SAYING: "Nazanin is 100 percent innocent" And that she was only in the country to visit relatives. Just days after the comments were made she was brought back to court accused by a judge of, quote, 'spreading propaganda against the regime.' British Trade Minister Liam Fox defended Johnson's comments, telling BBC radio the detention is, quote, "completely unacceptable" and "illegal." A spokesperson for Johnson says he finished the phone call by urging the Iranian authorities to release Zaghari-Ratcliffe on humanitarian grounds. The Thomson-Reuters Foundation operates independently of Reuters News.

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UK's Boris Johnson forced to call Iran after aid worker gaffe

Tuesday, November 07, 2017 - 01:24