Iran News Round Up

Iranian officials opposed Turkey and Russia’s call for the U.S. to participate in the upcoming Syrian peace talks in Kazakhstan.
The Atomic Energy Organization of Iran’s spokesman claimed that U.S. officials assured Iranian representatives that the Iran Sanctions Act will not have a “practical impact” during a recent meeting of the nuclear deal’s Joint Commission.
Iranian media outlets reported that IRGC Brigadier General Iraj Masjedi, a senior advisor to IRGC Quds Force Commander Qassem Soleimani, will become Iran’s new ambassador to Iraq.
Iran reportedly agreed to new measures to decrease its stockpile of enriched uranium below the 300-kilogram limit under the nuclear deal.
Former President Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani passed away on January 8 at the age of 82.
Tehran Friday Prayer Leader Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami warned Iranians of “enemy plots” to polarize Iranian society in the upcoming presidential election, underscoring the regime’s sensitivity to foreign interference in Iranian domestic politics.
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei defended Iran’s military activities in Syria as an extension of the regime’s efforts to protect Iran from domestic instability.
Judiciary Spokesman Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejei called on President Hassan Rouhani to disclose his 2013 campaign finances in the latest round of criticism between the hardline Judiciary and the Rouhani administration.
President Hassan Rouhani and Judiciary Head Ayatollah Sadegh Amoli Larijani accused each other of corruption, highlighting renewed tensions between Rouhani and the hardline Judiciary.
Tehran’s hardline Friday prayer leader praised Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif for allegedly “apologizing for being deceived” by the U.S. during the nuclear negotiations.