Iran News Round Up

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei advised former hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad against running in the 2017 presidential elections.
<p>Senior Military Advisor to the Supreme Leader Yahya Rahim Safavi expressed concern over Russian cooperation with the U.S. in Syria.</p>
IRGC Quds Force Commander Major General Qassem Soleimani continued his increasingly vocal commentary on political issues by warning against establishing relations with “the enemy.”
Senior military officials called for the U.S. to end its presence in the Persian Gulf during ceremonies commemorating Sacred Defense Week, which marks the anniversary of the Iran-Iraq War.
A Tehran revolutionary court sentenced U.S. permanent resident and Lebanese citizen Nizar Zakka to 10 years in prison on espionage charges.
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei downplayed the nuclear deal’s role in reducing the threat of military conflict.
Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Head Ali Akbar Salehi warned that the U.S. presidential elections could bring “difficult days” for the nuclear deal.
IRGC Quds Force Commander Major General Qassem Soleimani issued a statement downplaying divisions between the IRGC and the Rouhani administration.
IRGC Navy Commander Brigadier General Ali Fadavi denied reports that IRGC Navy vessels have “harassed” U.S. warships in the Persian Gulf.
The senior military advisor to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned against escalating tensions with Saudi Arabia.