News websites run by conservatives reported that Khoeiniha was making plans to ease the way for a number of candidates to get through the vetting process.
The Human Rights Council’s recommendations are not mandatory, but the Security Council’s are, and Tehran would face serious consequences if it ignored them.
As the Nowruz holiday which marks the new year in Iran got under way, the Turkish tourist industry geared in the hope of receiving record numbers of visitors.
In the run-up to the Nowruz celebration, families go on a shopping spree, even though many are on a tight budget these days because times are hard.
Until recently, the supermarkets which proliferate in every Iranian town sold only food and other groceries. But starting last year, they began selling domestically-produced movies and serials as well.
Since the US blacklisted IRISL and all its vessels in September 2008, 73 of the 123 ships listed at the time have changed hands – on paper, at least. Some are now registered with companies based in locations from Hong Kong to the Isle of Man.
As tensions run high across the Middle East, two Iranian naval ships have sailed through the Suez Canal and back again, managing to irritate the Israelis without provoking a full-scale confrontation.
Iran has succeeded in derailing its relationship with not one but three West African states in the embarrassing fallout surrounding a secret arms shipment. The row has left the Iranian administration's hopes in tatters.
The tactics that Iran’s Islamic regime has employed against the opposition Green Movement follow a well-worn pattern which can be summed up as “call them counter-revolutionaries and then destroy them”.
Revolution becomes a real prospect when only the opposition and the regime’s forces are on the streets, and the apathetic stay away.
As well as showing off four satellites made in Iran, they also announced plans to send a monkey 120 kilometres into space and build a launch pad and a space research centre.
It is not clear what the regime will do next, but cutting opposition’s links with leadership may not halt its revival.