Boris Johnson apologises for comments over jailed Briton in Iran

Britain's Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson attends the 2017 Chatham House London Conference at the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel in London

Britain's Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson attends the 2017 Chatham House London Conference at the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel in London

Your mistake in saying that Nazanin was in Iran training journalists - as opposed to the reality: "that she was there on holiday with our daughter Gabriella, visiting her family - has raised the stakes for my wife", Ratcliffe wrote to Johnson in the Evening Standard.

The comments were used in Tehran to justify threats to extend her jail term.

Mr Ratcliffe said he meant to ask Mr Johnson to put in place "diplomatic protection" for his wife.

He added: "So that this is clear - for the media, Government and particularly for authorities in Iran - as Nazanin's husband, I do not believe it is in Nazanin's interests for there to be any resignations".

The foreign secretary has admitted he "could have been clearer" with his comments and insisted they had been taken out of context. The 38-year-old mother from London was sentenced to five years in prison after being accused of leading a "soft coup". It follows a previous inconclusive mammogram.

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LONDON (AP) - The husband of a British woman imprisoned in Iran said Sunday that his wife discovered lumps in her breasts and he urged the British government to step up efforts to free her.

Mr Ratcliffe said she again suggested she was on "the verge of a nervous breakdown" and had been "brought to tears" at the "lies" being shown on Iranian television about her case.

About 20 minutes later, Environment Secretary Michael Gove was asked in a BBC interview what the Briton was doing in Iran and replied: "I don't know".

Pressure on Mr Johnson has been building after he told a parliamentary committee last week that Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe was "simply teaching people journalism" in Iran.

Asked what Zaghari-Ratcliffe was doing in Iran Gove told the BBC's Andrew Marr: "I don't know". "I apologise for the distress and anguish that has been caused to Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe and her family".

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Zaghari-Ratcliffe was hauled back in front of an Iranian court after Johnson's remarks and now faces 10 years in prison for additional charges.

"He should be focusing on getting this poor woman home to her family, not looking to protect himself with anonymous briefings to journalists".

A Labour MP has ridiculed Boris Johnson over his handling of the Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe affair, adding that Theresa May is like a "hostage" in her attempts to deal with this "blundering fool".

She told BBC Radio 4's Westminster Hour: "It's just freakish to try and stand up for what Boris has done".

Tory backbencher Anna Soubry said "in "normal" times Boris Johnson would have been sacked long ago".

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