Iran News Round Up

President Hassan Rouhani announced that Iran has filed a lawsuit at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) over the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent seizure of Iranian frozen assets.
The IRGC released a statement confirming the arrest of British-Iranian dual citizen Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and accusing her of plotting to overthrow the Islamic Republic.
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei discussed America’s implementation of the nuclear agreement and stated, “If they tear up the JCPOA, we will set it on fire.”
Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh appointed Ali Kardor as the new managing director of the government-owned National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC).
Defense Minister IRGC Brigadier General Hossein Dehghan claimed that Iran will continue deploying military advisors to Syria in order to “bring peace and security to the region.”
Defense Minister IRGC Brigadier General Hossein Dehghan voiced his support for a comprehensive ceasefire in Syria during a meeting with his Syrian and Russian counterparts, but stated that any ceasefire must not “cause a renewal of terrorism in the country.”
Defense Minister IRGC Brigadier General Hossein Dehghan will meet with his Russian and Syrian counterparts tomorrow in Iran as the three countries posture to ramp up operations in Syria.
The Foreign Ministry rejected three Republican congressmen’s request to visit Iran as a “publicity stunt.”
A hardline Iranian news agency reported that former Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour held “various negotiations with different organizations” in Iran over a two-month period before being killed in a U.S. drone strike in Pakistan on May 21.
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei criticized the prospect of Iran’s integration into the global economy.