An investigation should be launched as to who released the news on a trip by a Taliban team to Iran and what information they based their story on, Afkham said.
Iran has some operational plans for broader presence in international waters, said Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari.
President Rouhani stressed the need for efforts to deepen the national cultural identity and called for scientific independence and freedom for Iranian universities.
Iran’s defense minister has dismissed the global hegemonic powers' advocacy of human rights, freedom and welfare of nations as "empty and flimsy slogans,"
Tehran is determined to broaden relations with the Iraqi government in various defensive and security fields, said the Iranian defense minister in a meeting with his Iraqi counterpart.
The Iranian Foreign Ministry recommended the Bahraini government focus on the root causes of the ongoing problems in Manama in a bid to settle them.
In an interview with an Iranian daily, the former Afghan foreign minister has weighed in on Tehran-Kabul relations in the past and at present.
Over 1.4 tons of opium and 200 kilograms of hashish was seized from the drug traffickers in Hormozgan Province, said Brigadier General Mohammadi Yeganeh.
Alaeddin Boroujerdi told reporters that inspection of Iran's military sites would not be part of an emerging nuclear deal between Tehran and six world powers.
US military threats against Iran cannot get operational, Velayati said, citing that the Americans have suffered defeat in wars against countries which are not as strong as Iran.