London — British foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt has dismissed the suggestion of a prisoner swap for a British-Iranian mother being held in Tehran, saying it was part of a “vile” diplomatic tactic. In New York, Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Wednesday suggested a swap between Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who is in jail in Tehran for alleged sedition, and Negar Ghodskani, an Iranian woman held in Australia on a US extradition warrant. Hunt suggested that Zarif had subsequently retracted his remarks, but said the key point was that there was a “huge difference” between the two women. “The woman in jail in Australia is facing due process, a proper legal procedure, and she is alleged to have committed a very serious crime,” he told reporters in London. “Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is innocent — she has done nothing wrong.” He added: “What is unacceptable about what Iran is doing is that they are putting innocent people in prison and using it as leverage. I’m afraid that is w...

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