MESOP IRAN INSIGHT : 7-8-2014 – According to ISNA, President Hassan Rouhani traveled to the Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari Province and during a speech was quoted as saying, “Iran’s foreign policy today is not like what it was in the past. Iran was able to take back seven billion dollars of its (frozen oil) assets from the claws of the oppressors, and this strengthens our future steps.”

Looking ahead to the 2016 parliamentary elections, a Fars News Agency report examines the widely reported possible “triangular political alliance” between the head of Iran’s Expediency Council Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani, former president Mohammed Khatami, and Ali Akbar Nateq-Nouri, adviser to the Supreme Leader. With Nateq-Nouri’s recent admission that he won’t be a candidate in the 2016 parliamentary elections, the report argues that possible replacements for Nateq-Nouri could include former  interior minister Abdollah Nouri, as well as the Secretary General of the Association of Combatant Clerics Mohammad Mousavi Khoeiniha.