Iran News Round Up

A Foreign Ministry official voiced Iran’s support for Russia’s call to designate Syrian opposition groups Ahrar al Sham and Jaysh al Islam as terrorist organizations.
<p>President Hassan Rouhani called for greater freedom of expression in a speech marking World Press Freedom Day.</p>
Reformists and moderates fell short of winning a majority in Parliament after the April 29 runoff elections. Their plurality in Parliament nonetheless ensures that President Hassan Rouhani will face a friendlier parliament in the run-up to the 2017 presidential elections.
Parliamentary runoff elections were held today. The results are expected to be announced over the weekend.
Senior Military Advisor to the Supreme Leader Yahya Rahim Safavi stated that Iran should reconsider its relationship with Turkey.
President Hassan Rouhani and former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad accused one another of contributing to America’s seizure of frozen Iranian assets.
Deputy Artesh Commander Abdul Rahim Mousavi implied that the Artesh has regular as well as special operations forces in Syria.
The Iranian Foreign Ministry denounced the U.S.’s deployment of up to 250 additional military personnel to Syria.
The U.S. will buy heavy water from Iran in order to facilitate reducing Iran’s heavy water stockpiles.
Iran reportedly conducted the first launch of a new satellite launch vehicle.