>> Well, I'm in the phase of->> The husband of an Iranian British aid worker jailed in Iran says, British Foreign Minister, Boris Johnson, shouldn't resign over his comments on her case, despite opposition calls for him to do so. Johnson apologized on Monday for saying in early November that Nazanin Zaghari- Ratcliffe, who has dual British, Iranian nationality, had been teaching journalism in Iran before her arrest.
Telling Parliament she was there on holiday as her family and her employer, The Thompson Reuters Foundation have said.>> It was my mistake, I should have been here and I apologize for the distress and anguish that has been caused to Mrs. Zaghari-Ratcliffe and her family.>> I think it's really important now, the foreign secretary's comments have been used to implicate her and used to justify.
And they're repeated again on Saturday night on the television in Iran. I think it's really important that the UK takes personal responsibility, the foreign secretary takes personal responsibility for solving this and for providing the diplomatic protection.>> Downing Street now says it is considering providing such protection. Zaghari-Ratcliffe was convicted of plotting to overthrow Iran's clerical establishment and jailed for five years.
She denies the charges. The foundation, which is a charity and independent of Reuters News says Johnson's comment could provoke Iran to hand Zaghari-Ratcliffe a longer jail term. It was cited by Iranian state media as evidence of her guilt. And a minister allied to Johnson, Michael Gove, was accused of further muddying the waters on Sunday, when he said he did not know what Zaghari-Ratcliffe was doing in Iran.
Ratcliffe said he'd spoken to Johnson by phone, and they'd discussed going to Iran together, which he hoped could help his wife's case.