Iran News Round Up

<p>IRGC weekly editorial lays out seven duties of the Corps; Judiciary head orders crackdown related to reports of prison abuse; Turkey grants permits to two sanctioned Iranian banks; Foreign Minister expresses optimism in nuclear negotiations</p>
<p>Lebanese Hezbollah buries senior commander while senior official declares victory in Syria; Officials report no problems in acquiring unfrozen funds under interim nuclear deal; Prison official denies reports of prisoner abuse in Evin Prison &nbsp;</p>
<p>IRGC Commander says IRGC is aligned with Rouhani administration as long as values and revolution are preserved; Nuclear agency official says uranium dilution can be reversed in 2-3 weeks; Tribes and local Basij in southeast given greater role in border security</p>
<p>Senior official emphasizes Supreme Leader&rsquo;s &ldquo;resistance economy&rdquo; policies are country&rsquo;s highest priority; President Rouhani to visit Russia in September-October; Senior cleric reiterates that Arak heavy water reactor will not close&nbsp;</p>
<p><span style="color: rgb(85, 85, 85); font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">Defense Minister rejects the inclusion of ballistic missiles program in the nuclear talks; Senior official says Ukraine crisis is &quot;blessing&quot; for further dividing US and Russia/China</span></p>
<p>Khamenei&rsquo;s website publishes 6 specific red lines on the nuclear negotiations; IRGC Quds Force Deputy Commander discusses nuclear negotiations and Iranian support for militants in Gaza</p>
Nuclear agency chief says Iran needs 50,000 centrifuges to meet fuel requirements for Bushehr reactor; IRGC commander urges defense against "soft war"
Iran will receive fifth tranche of frozen funds next week; Rouhani cabinet minister leads meeting of Iranian and German businesses in Berlin; Pakistani PM expected to visit Iran in mid-May
Nuclear agency official says agreement would open up nuclear cooperation with other countries; Military official defends armed forces' role in economy; Newspaper reports on former Ahmadinejad administration officials' economic ventures in Iraq
Khamenei says Iran will not make concessions on "nuclear achievements"; Lead negotiator says enrichment will continue and missiles are nonnegotiable