Iran News Round Up

The third day of direct Iran-U.S. nuclear talks took place in Lausanne, Switzerland. President Rouhani stated that the inauguration of phase 12 of the South Pars gas field indicates that sanctions did not pressure Iran to the nuclear negotiations table.
Bilateral U.S.-Iran talks occur on March 15 and 16 in Lausanne, Switzerland; Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani indicate that a nuclear deal may be reached if the P5+1 has a "similar political will" as Iran, and "does not make excessive demands."
Badr Organization Head Hadi al Amiri confirms the active role of Iranian military advisors in the campaign against ISIS in Iraq; Tehran Interim Friday Prayer Leader Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami echoed the regime's position on supporting the territorial integrity of Iraq.
The Supreme Leader rebuked the open letter from Republican senators to senior Iranian officials threatening to abolish any nuclear deal struck with the Obama administration. Senior Parliamentarian Alaeddin Boroujerdi claimed that Israel and the "Zionists' lobby in Congress" seek to unravel the P5+1 talks.
IRGC Commander Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari addresses the Assembly of Experts; Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani congratulates Chairman-elect Ayatollah Mohammad Yazdi; The Guardian Council objects to language on subsidy cuts in the Parliament's budget proposal.
Ayatollah Mohammad Yazdi was elected Chairman of the Assembly of Experts, while Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif briefed the Assembly on Iran's nuclear negotiations with the P5+1.
President Hassan Rouhani praises the Islamic Republic's resistance and growing strength; The IRGC unveiles a new long-range surface-to-surface cruise missile.
IRGC Commander Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari says Israel is the main opponent of the Iran-Iraq-Syria-Lebanon alliance against ISIS; Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani says that focusing on entrepreneurship and economic production "...is the greatest service to the [Islamic] Revolution."
Ministry of Intelligence and Security Head Mahmoud Alavi confirmed that the intelligence officers carried out a "complex" mission to rescue Iranian diplomat Nour Ahmad Nikbakht. IRGC Dep. Commander Brig. Gen. Hossein Salami stated that the "Persian Gulf" missile displayed during last week's IRGC Great Prophet 9 exercises is ballistic and highly accurate.
Ali Larijani warns that military action against Iran will result in Israel "in a wheelchair"; President Hassan Rouhani says that the world can work with Iran to reach a nuclear agreement, or accept the inevitability of the acceleration of its peaceful nuclear program; Tehran responds to Netanyahu's speech in Congress; IRGC 2nd lieutenant killed in Syria.