Qatari foreign minister’s remark on Al Jazeera TV was corrected by Iranian Foreign Ministry, which said the supreme leader’s comments have been mistranslated.
A statement from the Iranian Foreign Ministry blaming the United States came after State Department said last week that a small number of outstanding issues remain to be resolved to revive the 2015 deal.
Complications have surfaced after Russia demanded guarantees that Western sanctions imposed on its economy would not affect its trade with Iran, analysts say.
Iranian Foreign Ministry has claimed the Western side realised it must "back down" from its "maximal demands," as nuclear talks in Vienna are set to resume.
The landmark 2015 nuclear agreement, which fell apart in 2018 following US withdrawal, offered a lifting of some of the array of economic sanctions Iran had been under in return for strict curbs on its nuclear programme.
The vessels departed last month from Iran’s southern port of Bandar Abbas in a mission described by Adm. Habibollah Sayyari, Iran's deputy army chief, as the Iranian navy's longest and most challenging voyage yet.
US says it's disappointed by Tehran’s rejection to join a meeting but remained ready to "re-engage in meaningful diplomacy" and would consult with the other major powers.
Assadollah Assadi was sentenced to 20 years by a Belgian court for plotting a thwarted 2018 bombing of an opposition rally outside Paris.
French President Emmanuel Macron earlier said that Saudi Arabia should be involved in any new talks with Iran on Tehran's nuclear deal.
US intelligence officials said Russia and Iran have separately obtained certain voter registration information that can be used by foreign actors to try to communicate false information to US voters.
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani says Washington's "maximum pressure" campaign against Tehran has thrown the US into "maximum isolation".
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