Iran Denies ‘Compromise’ Offer in Nuclear Talks

Iranian officials say comments were mistranslated

On Saturday, Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani excitedly reported that Iran had expressed a readiness to compromise on the nuclear issue. If true, this could be a big deal to help boost stability in the region.

Unfortunately that was not the case, with the Iranian Foreign Ministry quickly issuing a statement denying the reports, saying that it appeared to be the result of a mistranslation of a comment.

The mistranslation report came with speculation that it might have been “deliberate” to try to coax Iran into something. Since a denial quickly ended speculation, however, that clearly wasn’t a big issue.

The EU revived the stalled talks with a visit to Tehran. They Iranians are hopeful on this, though the US continues to express doubt that a deal will be made.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is senior editor of