0636 GMT January 29, 2022
Speaking to the BBC Radio on Thursday, Hunt said that the payment of a £400m debt that Britain owes to Iran over an unfulfilled military equipment contract dating back to 1970s was not equivalent of a ransom as described by some anti-Iran figures in Britain.
Instead, Hunt said, that the failure to pay the long-overdue debt would damage relations between Iran and the UK, according to Press TV.
“... this is not ransom money. This is a debt. An international court has said so. The defence secretary has said so. We should pay it because it is an irritant to relations,” said the Conservative member of the British Parliament.
The comments came just before a meeting in London between UK Foreign Office officials and Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Ali Baqeri Kani as the two sides prepare to return to talks aimed at reviving a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers.