Iran News Round Up

Hassan Rouhani presented the concept of "creative economy" as a key "step" in implementing the 'resistance economy.' Ayatollah Ali Khamenei reiterated that a nuclear deal will not solve Iran's economic challenges.
IRGC Brigadier General Esmail Ghani said that Iran has been training Yemeni rebel fighters. IRGC Major General Qassem Soleimani stated that Iran and its partners and proxies alone are fighting ISIS, and that the U.S. does not have the will to fight ISIS.
IRGC Air Force Commander Hajizadeh said that under no circumstance will Iran grant access to its military sites, while senior Parliamentarians echoed the regime's redline on IAEA-led inspections.
President Hassan Rouhani reassured domestic audiences that Iranian negotiators will not sign any deal that compromises national security, while IRGC Major General Yahya Rahim Safavi claimed that 80,000 Lebanese Hezbollah (LH) missiles are prepared target Israel if it attacks Iran.
The Supreme Leader explicitly stated that inspectors will not be granted access to any Iranian military site, while the IRGC Commander highlighted defense technologies. Former IRGC Commander Mohsen Rezaei appears to have officially returned to the IRGC as a major general.
Ali Akbar Velayati held separate meetings with Hassan Nasrallah and Bashar al Assad, while Ansar Allah requested Iran's presence in the upcoming Geneva negotiations over the ongoing crisis in Yemen.
The Supreme Leader demanded that the U.S. leave the Middle East, while calling for regional cooperation to secure the Persian Gulf. Tehran reiterated its support for inclusive dialogue to resolve the political crisis in Yemen, as Iran's humanitarian aid ship reached the Gulf of Aden.
Former senior nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili stressed Iran's rights to nuclear facilities and nuclear power plants under the NPT. Hossein Naghavi Hosseini stated that "no power" would be allowed to "stop or inspect" the Iranian aid ship bound for Yemen.
IRGC boats fired warning shots across the bow of a Singapore-flagged ship in the Persian Gulf. Mohsen Rezaei reacted sharply to Hossein Shariatmadari's criticisms of Rezaei's earlier comments on protecting Saudi Arabia's sovereignty. Mohammad Javad Larijani stated that the Lausanne negotiations contained &"serious weaknesses."
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei praised improved Iran-Iraq relations during a meeting with the president of Iraq Fuad Masum. Ali Akbar Velayati criticized the upcoming GCC summit as a show of Iranophobia. Ali Larijani stated that Iran would defend Saudi Arabia in the event of an Israeli attack.