Iran denies Qatar’s statements on nuclear issue

After the failure of the Qatari mediation of Iran to complete the nuclear agreement and the European Union’s blocking of the new Iranian ambassador Tamim bin Hamad by sending Enrique Mora, special coordinator for the talks on reviving the Iranian nuclear agreement, to Tehran to impose Western conditions on Iran, independent of the Emir of Qatar and his mediator, Doha employed its officials and media in order to fabricate news as if the agreement had actually been reached.

On Saturday, Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani said in statements aired by Al-Jazeera that the Iranian leadership expressed its readiness to compromise on the Iranian nuclear file, referring to talks on reviving the nuclear agreement between Iran and world powers. Tehran confirmed its commitment to what it agreed to before Enrique Mora by rejecting Qatari mediation.

Tehran responded to the Qatari news that appeared on Al-Jazeera and through the Qatari Minister’s statement, saying: “Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s statements contained a translation error, either by mistake or intentionally for propaganda purposes”.

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said that the Supreme Leader made no remarks about the settlement, but told the Qatari emir, “We have always said that the negotiations should be fruitful and not a waste of time, and the Americans know what to do about it”.

Khatibzada added: “It is clear from the context of Brother Leader’s statements that the ball is in the court of the United States, which must make a wise political decision to fulfill its obligations”.

Qatari Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, who met Khamenei during a visit to Iran earlier this month, expressed optimism that an agreement between the United States and Iran could be reached, and expressed his readiness to help in this regard.

Iran and the United States have held indirect talks over the past year to revive the 2015 Tehran nuclear deal with world powers, but negotiations have stalled.

Tehran has repeatedly said that Washington should make a political decision to respect Iran’s red lines, which include removing the IRGC from the U.S. terror blacklist.

Media leaks say that Qatar has a mutual benefit with Iran in removing the IRGC from the terror list, as this would give the IRGC greater freedom of movement and arms smuggling for the Houthis and other Iran-backed terrorists in the region.

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