Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani says the lawmakers are closely monitoring all moves by the United States, particularly the bid to slap new sanctions against the Islamic Republic and Russia, and will make swift decisions accordingly.
The Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman has denounced a powerful terrorist explosion in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore, saying the only way to fight violence is stopping the use of terrorism as a means.
A much-awaited gas pipeline to Iran's northern areas, which will come on stream next week, will guarantee a steady supply of natural gas to the regions that experienced harsh winters in the past when neighboring Turkmenistan cut off gas supplies to Iran.
A senior Iranian official says the security of the Islamic Republic is "intertwined with and inseparable from" that of Afghanistan, stressing the need for more bilateral consultations and exchange of experience to fight the causes of insecurity.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday that unity and solidarity among all the forces and institutions of the Islamic establishment are essential for fulfilling the guidelines of the Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, and serving the people.