Iran News Round Up

Abbas Araghchi expressed optimism that the P5+1 and Iran will reach a final nuclear deal before the June 30 deadline. The Artesh Navy announced the 34th Fleet is escorting an Iranian humanitarian aid ship bound for Yemen.
Arguing that Iranian missiles are "for the defense of...the entire Islamic world," Mohsen Rezaei stated that Iran would "defend" the "sovereignty of Saudi Arabia" if necessary.
Ali Akbar Velayati dismissed the U.S. Senate Bill to review a nuclear deal with Iran as a "game," while the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) reiterated that Iran's defense capabilities are non-negotiable.
The Supreme Leader said that he will not negotiate under the "sword" and reinforced his redlines for a nuclear deal, while senior negotiator Abbas Araghchi reassured his domestic audience that sanctions will be removed upon implementation of a final agreement.
Major General Hassan Firouzabadi echoed Iran's redlines on a final nuclear deal, while Mohammad Javad Zarif highlighted the steady progress of drafting the text for the final agreement.
President Hassan Rouhani stressed the need for foreign investment, while Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif responded to Senator Tom Cotton's tweets.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei emphasized that the solution to Iran's economic problems lies in the 'resistance economy' not in the nuclear negotiations. Rear Admiral Habibbolah Sayyari underscored that the Artesh Navy has maintained a presence in the Gulf of Aden since 2007-2008.
Hassan Rouhani expressed confidence that sanctions would soon be removed. Major General Hassan Firouzabadi dismissed U.S. allegations that Iran is shipping arms to Yemen. The Artesh Navy seized a Marshall Islands-flagged cargo ship in the Strait of Hormuz.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei criticized American police forces, while Ali Shamkhani called for a review of the Law Enforcement Forces (LEF) strategy. IRGC Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari called on Iranian officials to adopt a harsher stance against Saudi Arabia.
Tehran and the P5+1 began drafting the text for the final nuclear agreement, while senior Iranian negotiator Abbas Araghchi stated that the U.S. and EU clarified the process of lifting sanctions.