The British mother Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe & # 39; could be home very quickly & # 39 ;, the husband says

Iran today declined from reports that prison worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe could be imprisoned as part of a prison exchange.

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif seemed to suggest that the British-Iranian mother could be released in exchange for an Iranian woman detained in Australia for an American extradition request.

In a later interview, however, he explained his earlier comments, saying that Mrs. Zaghari-Ratcliffe had a & # 39; individual case & # 39; belonged to those prisoners detained by order of the Americans.

It comes just a few hours after her husband, Richard Ratcliffe, said the claims that she could be released in exchange & # 39; real hope & # 39; were that she could be home soon & # 39 ;.

Mrs. Zaghari-Ratcliffe was arrested on April 3, 2016 with her daughter Gabriella at Tehran & Imam Khomeini Airport when she was preparing for a plane back to the UK after visiting family

Mrs. Zaghari-Ratcliffe was arrested on April 3, 2016 with her daughter Gabriella at Tehran & Imam Khomeini Airport when she was preparing for a plane back to the UK after visiting family

Mrs. Zaghari-Ratcliffe was arrested on April 3, 2016 with her daughter Gabriella at Tehran & Imam Khomeini Airport when she was preparing for a plane back to the UK after visiting relatives.

Mr. Zarif said today: & # 39; The offer that I made was people who were imprisoned in the United States or elsewhere in the world at American request. But the Iranian-British woman is a separate matter. & # 39;

Downing Street confirmed that the government had not received any approach from Tehran regarding a possible prisoner exchange.

The Prime Minister's official spokesman said: “The treatment of all British-Iranians detained in Iran, including Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, is a priority for the government.

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has withdrawn today from suggestions that charity worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe can release as part of a prison exchange

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has withdrawn today from suggestions that charity worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe can release as part of a prison exchange

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has withdrawn today from suggestions that charity worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe can release as part of a prison exchange

& # 39; We remain concerned about all our consular affairs and raise them at every level and every opportunity. & # 39;

Earlier, speaking to the Asia Society in New York on Wednesday, Mr Zarif seemed to make a connection between the case of Mrs. Zaghari-Ratcliffe – who is serving a five-year prison sentence for espionage, an indictment she strongly violates – with that of the woman in australia.

& # 39; Now we hear about Nazanin Zaghari and her child, and I feel sorry for them and I did my best to help, but no one is talking about this woman in Australia who gave birth to a child in prison whose child grows up outside prison with mother in prison, & he said.

& # 39; What can I do as Foreign Minister? And I have publicly put this offer on the table. Replace them. & # 39;

Richard Ratcliffe, speaks today at Good Morning Britain from central London

Richard Ratcliffe, speaks today at Good Morning Britain from central London

Richard Ratcliffe, speaks today at Good Morning Britain from central London

Mr. Ratcliffe said his family & # 39; very surprised & # 39; was after yesterday's announcement, but said it was & # 39; important not to get our expectations too high & # 39 ;.

Yesterday, Goodcliffe spoke from central London, Ratcliffe said before the Foreign Minister's assertions that her family hoped she would be released on medical grounds after she & # 39; multiple health complaints & # 39; had.

He told the ITV program: & # 39; We were very surprised. We did not expect it at all.

& # 39; We never felt that there would be anything like a prisoner exchange.

& # 39; It is important not to get the expectations too high. We have had bumps, sincere hope that has become false storms.

& # 39; There is potential for real hope, and she could be home very quickly. & # 39;

Mr Ratcliffe, pictured with his wife, told the ITV program today: "We were very surprised. We did not expect it at all & # 39; before the Foreign Minister went back to progress

Mr Ratcliffe, pictured with his wife, told the ITV program today: "We were very surprised. We did not expect it at all & # 39; before the Foreign Minister went back to progress

Mr Ratcliffe, pictured with his wife, told the ITV program today: "We were very surprised. We did not expect it at all & # 39; before the Foreign Minister went back to progress

He added: & # 39; What we hoped behind closed doors was a medical release.

& # 39; She has had multiple health issues, so we hoped this would lead somewhere. & # 39;

He added: & # 39; We should talk to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs about this.

& # 39; It is a much more complex set of arrangements than we expected.

& # 39; I need to have a conversation with the UK and the state department.

& # 39; Without being carried away, it is a good thing, that is something good for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to work on. & # 39;

Speaking of how she deals with prison, he said she is going through & # 39; phases & # 39; and & # 39; milestone to milestone & # 39; is alive, but fears that she may go on hunger strike again if she is not released soon.

He said: & # 39; An Iranian New Year passed and that was a milestone where she wanted to be home.

& # 39; She has nearly run out of telephone.

I don't think it will take much longer before she does anything again – hunger strike like last time. & # 39;

Mrs. Zaghari-Ratcliffe was sentenced to five years in prison after being accused of espionage by the Islamic regime of Tehran, an indictment she strongly denies.

The 40-year-old is serving a five-year prison sentence in Tehran's infamous Evin prison

The 40-year-old is serving a five-year prison sentence in Tehran's infamous Evin prison

The 40-year-old is serving a five-year prison sentence in Tehran's infamous Evin prison

The 40-year-old is serving a five-year prison sentence in Tehran's infamous Evin prison.

The trial by a revolutionary court in Tehran was widely condemned as unfair and she strongly denied the charges against her.

Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt granted diplomatic protection to Mrs. Zaghari-Ratcliffe last month.

But Tehran refuses to recognize her dual nationality and said the British actions were illegal.

Mr. Hunt met Mr. Zarif last September and wrote on Twitter: & # 39; I insisted on prompt resolution of all our bilateral consular affairs, including Nazanin. NOT acceptable to arbitrarily detain innocent people at the expense of huge human fears. & # 39;

Prime Minister Theresa May has also told Iranian President Hassan Rouhani that she & # 39; have serious concerns & # 39; on the detention of Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe.