Iran News Round Up

President Hassan Rouhani lauded Iran's regional influence and proclaimed that the Islamic Republic will "cleanse" the Middle East of terrorism through a unified Shi'a-Sunni effort. Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Head Ali Akbar Salehi stated that "there is no secrecy" in the IAEA agreement, but admitted that the manner of the investigations "will be classified." Senior nuclear negotiator Abbas Araghchi, meanwhile, reasserted Iran's right to test ballistic missiles.
The Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Head (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi denied reports of two secret deals between Iran and the IAEA involving inspections of the Parchin military site.
President Hassan Rouhani continued to praise the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear deal, while Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani called the JCPOA a "national achievement." Hossein Shariatmadari the Managing Editor of the leading conservative news outlet Kayhan and a group of Iranian professors openly criticized the nuclear deal.
Nuclear negotiator Abbas Araghchi denied that the issue of possible military dimensions [PMD] of Iran's nuclear program will be resolved under the JCPOA.
Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif briefed Parliament on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), while reassuring the domestic audience that Iran's defense capabilities do not pertain to UN Security Council Resolution 2231.
The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) unanimously approved a resolution endorsing the P5+1's nuclear deal with Iran. IRGC Commander Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari said shortly before the vote that Iran "will never accept" provisions in the draft of the UNSC resolution on Iran's armament abilities. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei stated that the nuclear deal would not alter Iran's policies towards the U.S. "in any way."
President Rouhani indicated willingness to improve cooperation with Turkey despite differences on regional matters.
British Prime Minister David Cameron reportedly expressed interest in reopening the British embassy in Tehran during a telephone conversation with President Hassan Rouhani. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif cautioned that "implementing" the nuclear agreement "will be a lot of work."
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei praised the Iranian negotiating team but cautioned that "it is necessary to scrutinize" the text of the nuclear deal to ensure that the other side does not violate any of its provisions.
Iran and the P5+1 members reached a final nuclear agreement that will place limitations on Tehran's nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief. President Hassan Rouhani praised the deal as signaling a "new page of relations with Iran."