Iran News Round Up

IRGC Quds Force Commander Qassem Soleimani praised Iran’s role in Syria as defending the region from ISIS and criticized Saudi Arabia’s deputy crown prince for downplaying the threat of terrorism.
The head of Iran’s Passive Defense Organization called Saudi Arabia Iran’s “main threat.”
Hardline clerics criticized President Hassan Rouhani over his administration’s cultural policies, indicating growing tension between Iran’s conservative clerical establishment and the Rouhani administration.
Influential conservative clerics praised Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s decision to bar former hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad from running in the 2017 presidential elections.
Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh praised OPEC's agreement to curb oil production as an "exceptional decision."
Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Head Ali Akbar Salehi denied that a victory by Republican nominee Donald Trump in the presidential elections would threaten the nuclear agreement.
Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Secretary Ali Shamkhani vowed that a “forceful confrontation” will determine “Aleppo’s fate” as the Syrian regime launched a ground offensive in the eastern part of the city.
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei advised former hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad against running in the 2017 presidential elections.
Senior Military Advisor to the Supreme Leader Yahya Rahim Safavi expressed concern over Russian cooperation with the U.S. in Syria.
IRGC Quds Force Commander Major General Qassem Soleimani continued his increasingly vocal commentary on political issues by warning against establishing relations with “the enemy.”