UK’s Foreign Secretary Unable to Secure Release of Dual National, Iran Seeks Ransom Payment

Saeed Ghasseminejad
12th December 2017 - Quoted by The Tower

Returning from a trip to the Middle East including a stop in Iran, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said that it was “too early to be confident” that a British-Iranian dual citizen would be released by Iran before Christmas, even as evidence emerged that Iran is seeking what is effectively a ransom payment for her release.

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Johnson’s failure to obtain Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s release comes at a time that Saeed Ghasseminejad, a research fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, noted that Iran’s military has an item in the budget for allocating $571 million, roughly the amount Iran claims that the UK owes to cover a canceled arms deal following the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

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