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INU - Iran News Update previously reported that the Islamic Republic of Iran had apparently, although without official comment, lifted some restrictions on the Twitter social media network. Shortly thereafter, former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad joined the service, despite the Twitter ban having been a response to the 2009 protests against his disputed reelection.

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INU - On Thursday, Agence France-Presse reported that Mehdi Hashemi, a senior official in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, had contradicted the American and British accounts of the latest close-encounter incident between their naval vessels and those of the IRGC, which is authorized by Tehran to police the Persian Gulf.

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 With a growing number of countries voicing concerns about Tehran’s policies, Iran is experiencing international and regional isolation. The end of Barack Obama’s presidency signaled the end of a “golden era” for Iran, and a major shift in the balance of power.

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On Friday, Reuters picked up on reporting in Iranian state media which noted that Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei had once again voiced criticism of President Hassan Rouhani’s handling of the nation’s economy following the nuclear agreement that went into effect at the beginning of last year. The supreme leader’s remarks appeared to specifically highlight the ongoing struggles of the Iranian people, who are experiencing poverty at a rate of at least nine percent and likely much higher.

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The Munich Security Conference this year heard harsh criticism by numerous countries, who took strong positions against Iran, calling it “part of the problem, not the solution, in establishing peace and security in the Middle East.”

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INU - Various recent reports, at Iran News Update and elsewhere, have emphasized the apparent increase in multilateral resistance to Iran’s destabilizing activities and influence in the broader Middle East. It is generally understood that emergence of assertive foreign policy postures among such nations as Turkey has largely been in reaction to the leadership offered by the White House, which is committed, in word if not yet in deed, to confronting the Islamic Republic of Iran over its nuclear program, missile development, and support for international terrorism.

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