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On Wednesday, the Council on Foreign Relations published a blog post in which Middle Eastern Studies Senior Fellow Elliot Abrams commented upon the recent election of Ahmad Jannati to the head of Iran’s leading clerical body, the Assembly of Experts. Iran News Update reported upon Jannati’s election previously and provided some analysis of the likely implications that it would have for Iran’s long-term foreign policy and the ideological character of the next supreme leader.

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INU -On Tuesday, it was reported that Ahmad Jannati a notoriously hardline and anti-Western cleric, had been elected to the head of Iran’s Assembly of Experts, the governmental body of religious scholars who are tasked with overseeing the supreme leader and selecting a new one in the event of his death or abdication. It is widely expected that the current Assembly will have the opportunity to appoint a successor to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, who is 77 years old and reportedly in poor health.

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INU - On Thursday, the International Business Times published a new report on the ongoing delivery of the S-300 missile defense system that was sold by Russia to Iran under a deal dating back to 2007. In the wake of international pressure related to the scrutiny of Iran’s alleged nuclear weapons ambitions, that agreement was frozen until last year, when nuclear negotiations prompted Moscow to reinitiate the contract, saying that it believed such weapons says were now allowed.

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INU - The Maldivian government has decided to cut diplomatic ties with Iran after 40 years of relations. The foreign ministry made a statement on Tuesday May 17 saying that:

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INU - On Thursday, the Daily Signal published an editorial that once again highlighted the fact that Iranian provocations toward the US have grown notably more frequent and more intense in the wake of last summer’s Iran nuclear deal. Naturally, the impetus for this article was the recent profile of White House Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes, which has been seized upon by many opponents of the nuclear agreement to support the notion that it was based on misrepresentations of the Iranian regime and its prospects for near-term reform.

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INU - On Wednesday, Arutz Sheva reported upon the latest provocations directed against the United States by representatives of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps. Last week, the paramilitary organization’s deputy commander, Brigadier General Hossein Salami suggested that Iran would close off the Strait of Hormuz if the country felt threatened by the United States. The remarks suggested that Iranian naval forces were capable of enforcing such a blockade, but that notion was rejected by Western military officials and defense experts.

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