♦ “Termination of sanctions should not be contingent on Iran’s fulfillment of its commitments,” said the Supreme Leader in a meeting with senior state officials.
Ayatollah Khamenei further said that under the present circumstances and given the country’s existing potential, implementation of a resistance-based economy is quite possible.
♦ [Government Spokesman Mohammad Bagher] Nobakht said the parliamentary bill that requires the government to safeguard the country’s nuclear achievements runs counter to provisions of the Constitution.
Government views parliament’s involvement in issues which fall within the jurisdiction of the Supreme National Security Council as unconstitutional.
♦ A countdown is on for Syrian Kurds to fight their way into the self-proclaimed capital of the IS caliphate.
Kurdish fighters have liberated the town of Ain Issa and taken up positions only 50 km away from Raqqah.
♦ The country’s scientific growth has stabilized.
Deputy Science Minister Vahid Ahmadi, PhD, further said that Iran’s share of science production is 1.53 percent and has not declined.
♦ Foreign Minister Zarif and three European foreign ministers have agreed on how to continue drafting a final comprehensive nuclear deal.
♦ “As many as 15 million new cases were filed with the Judiciary last year [ended March 20, 2015],” said Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Sadegh Amoli Larijani.
He further said that corruption which is primarily rooted in massive banking loans should be uprooted.
♦ Some 3.5 million hectares of the country’s lands are on the verge of degradation and destruction.