Jeremy Hunt warns of Middle East ‘first world war risk’ on Iran visit

The Guardian | : Foreign secretary says small event could spark catastrophe in region as he pushes Yemen peace plan

The Middle East is a tinderbox where one small event could lead to a catastrophe on the scale of the first world war, Jeremy Hunt has warned, as he pushed for the release of the Iranian-British dual national Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe on his first visit to Iran as foreign secretary.

Hunt’s visit to Tehran, the first by a foreign minister since the US reimposed sanctions on oil exports earlier this month, included talks to persuade Iran to back a UK-sponsored peace settlement in Yemen and not to pull out of the 2015 nuclear deal with the west over Europe’s apparent inability to circumvent the US sanctions.

After talks with the Iranian foreign minister, Javad Zarif, Hunt privately met Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s family, including her four-year-old daughter Gabriella and her brother. He had pressed to go to the prison to see Zaghari-Ratcliffe, but was refused.

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