Government says Boris Johnson’s expected settlement of Chieftan tanks dispute is not related to negotiations over release of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

The UK is hoping to finally end a near-four decade legal dispute with the Iranian government over hundreds of Chieftan tanks Tehran bought from the UK in 1976, but never received.

The British government admits it owes Iran as much as £300m, but the countries have wrangled over the precise sum and whether any payment could be made while Tehran was still under EU economic sanctions for its nuclear programme.

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