Iran News Round Up

Friday prayer leaders renounced President Hassan Rouhani’s call for greater global engagement by Iran.
Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Ghassemi denied any form of Iranian involvement in the recent attacks on U.S. Navy vessels off the Yemeni coast.
Three ministers resigned in a reshuffle intended to strengthen President Hassan Rouhani’s cabinet ahead of the 2017 presidential elections.
Iran sentenced two dual Iranian-American citizens to 10 years in prison on espionage charges.
Senior regime officials downplayed Iran’s military support for al Houthi forces in Yemen, despite evidence of likely Iranian involvement in missile attacks against U.S. Navy warships off the Yemeni coast.
Friday prayer leaders criticized American-Saudi cooperation in Yemen a week after a Saudi-led airstrike killed at least 155 individuals in the Yemeni capital of Sana’a.
Iranian media reported that the Artesh Navy deployed a frigate and a support vessel off the Yemeni coast last week, several days prior to missile attacks on U.S. vessels by Iranian-backed al Houthi forces.
Senior military and political officials commemorated the religious festival of Ashura, which marks the death of the third Shia Imam.
Senior officials accused the U.S. of being behind the Saudi-led airstrike that killed over 140 individuals and wounded more than 500 at a funeral in the Yemeni capital of Sana’a.
Senior Foreign Policy Advisor to the Supreme Leader Ali Akbar Velayati reiterated Iran’s support for Syrian President Bashar al Assad and its opposition to any partition of Syria or Iraq.