Iran News Round Up

President Rouhani dismisses claims that sanctions forced Iran to negotiate with the P5+1; Ali Akbar Salehi underscored the need for political engagement with the West; Qassem Soleimani criticizes the US for its inept regional strategy.
The Supreme Leader's Senior Foreign Policy Advisor Ali Akbar Velayati echoed Khamenei’s support for "good nuclear deal," while Tehran announces plans to install advanced centrifuges.
The Supreme Leader backed the continuation of nuclear negotiations if it leads to an implementable deal, while Esmail Kowsari said a multi-stage deal with the P5+1 is not acceptable.
Foreign Minister Zarif and Secretary of State Kerry will hold direct nuclear talks in Munich; President Rouhani's Chief of Staff attributes Tehran's progress in its negotiations with the P5+1 to national solidarity; Hamas' Political Leader plans to travel to Tehran in March
Oil Minister discusses effort to reduce economic independence on oil revenue; Foreign Minister and US Secretary of State will hold direct talks on February 7; Rouhani addresses water shortage and financial issues; Official promises to install more centrifuges if new sanctions are imposed.
IRGC Deputy Commander echoes the Supreme Leader's rhetoric on ISIL's failure to destroy the Islamic community's unity; Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Hossein Sadeghi discusses the coldness of Tehran-Riyadh relations; Commander of IRGC Qods Base replaced in Sistan va Baluchistan.
Foreign Ministry denies receiving a message from Israel indicating its disinterest in escalation; Judiciary Head warns against cuts to the judiciary budget; Official praised launch of indigenous satellite; Tehran and Moscow agree to ease economic transactions between the two countries.
Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani highlights Obama-Congress dispute over nuclear sanctions; IRGC Air Force Commander General Amir Ali Hajizadeh discusses Iran's export of defense equipment to Iraq, Syria, and Hezbollah.
Commander of the IRGC says Lebanese Hezbollah's January 28 response to the Israeli airstrike in Syria which killed Hezbollah and IRGC members was as Iran's own response; Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah dismisses claims that the nuclear negotiations limit LH's response to the attack; IRGC Qods Force Commander purportedly met with Nasrallah 48 hours after the Israeli airstrike
The Supreme Leader's Senior Foreign Policy Advisor met with Russian President Putin to promote enhanced joint economic and defense cooperation. Iran and the EU-3 held extensive nuclear negotiations in Turkey, while Foreign Minister Zarif pushed back against critics of the P5+1 talks.