Iran News Round Up

<p>Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevl&uuml;t &Ccedil;avuşoğlu pledged to strengthen cooperation between Tehran and Ankara on the Syrian conflict.</p>
<p>The Interior Ministry announced finalized registration and campaigning dates for the 2017 presidential elections.</p>
President Hassan Rouhani called for an investigation into former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s “neglect” in failing to recover nearly $2 billion in assets before the U.S. seized the funds in 2008.
Vice President for Legal Affairs Majid Ansari called for the Judiciary to investigate “recent insults” against President Hassan Rouhani amid an increasingly hostile domestic political environment.
Former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad reportedly sent a letter to President Barack Obama calling for the return of $2 billion in Iranian frozen assets.
Friday prayer leaders downplayed the economic benefits of the nuclear deal, several days after Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei claimed that the deal has had “no tangible effect” on the Iranian economy.
Secretary of Iran’s Human Rights Council Mohammad Javad Larijani confirmed that Iran has begun “preliminary discussions” with Europe on human rights.
Judiciary Head Ayatollah Sadegh Amoli Larijani proposed that Iran hold talks with European countries on human rights but called for the U.S. to be excluded due to its “deception” in the nuclear deal.
President Hassan Rouhani defended the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) one day after Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called it “useless.”
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani expressed competing views on the nuclear deal’s impact since its implementation in January.