Hossein Amir Abdollahian praises Russia’s regional involvement and accuses the U.S. of supporting ISIS; Foreign Minister Javad Zarif says that a deal could be reached "this time" if sanctions are removed; IRGC Cyber Security Command announces new surveillance project to monitor messaging apps.
The IRGC wrapped up its large-scale military drills with a combined air-naval-ground exercise in the Persian Gulf and Strait of Hormuz, while Hossein Hamedani warned the US against acting on its military options. Senior clerics praised President Rouhani for his extensive consultations with religious authorities in Qom.
The IRGC Ground Forces commenced the second day of the Great Prophet 9 military exercises, which featured several new weapons systems, while senior IRGC commanders reiterated the regime's commitment to counter its enemies.
IRGC commanders tout large-scale, multi-service military exercise dubbed Great Prophet 9 conducted in the Persian Gulf; Iran dismisses allegations in the Washington Post that it is conducting secret nuclear weapons research.
Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif underscores regime expectations of reaching a nuclear agreement; Bi-lateral talks resume tomorrow; MODAFL Aerospace Industries Organization plans to build new fighter jets; Najafi says new IAEA report indicates "full transparency" from Iran.
Supreme Leader Khamanei criticizes sanctions and blamed the West for Iran's economy; Maj. Gen. Jafari discusses growth private sector construction; Parliament Speaker Larijani meets Chinese Foreign Minister.
President Hassan Rouhani highlighted the "structural" problems which led to the restructuring of the the Iranian Space Agency; IRGC Brigadier General Hossein Salami stated that due to Iranian ballistic missile ability, U.S. "...maritime strategy... has changed."