Britain’s new foreign secretary has insisted the UK will not barter over tankers with Iran.

Speaking at a summit in Thailand, Dominic Raab said that if Iran wants to come in from the cold, it needs to behave responsibly.

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His comments follow those from Iran’s ambassador to the UK Hamid Baeidinejad, who suggested to Sky News on Tuesday that if Britain released its tanker, then a UK-flagged vessel might be freed by Iran.

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Speaking in Bangkok – his first trip as foreign secretary – Mr Raab said: “We are not going to barter: if people or nations have detained UK-flagged illegally then the rule of law and rule of international law must be upheld.

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“We are not going to barter a ship that was detained legally with a ship that was detained illegally: that’s not the way that Iran will come in from the cold,” he said.

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“So I am afraid some kind of barter or haggle or linkage is not on the table.”

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