Iran’s interior minister has announced that the ministry will not issue permits for street demonstrations concerning the nuclear negotiations.
In recent weeks, Tehran and a number of other major cities have seen protests in connection with the ongoing nuclear negotiations between Iran and the 5+1.

Iranian Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli speaks during a joint press conference with his Pakistani counterpart Nisar Ali Khan, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Tuesday, May 6, 2014. Fazli arrived in Islamabad for a two-day visit to hold talks with Pakistani leadership to discuss economic cooperation, bilateral, regional relations and security issues. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

Iranian Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli speaks during a joint press conference with his Pakistani counterpart Nisar Ali Khan, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Tuesday, May 6, 2014. Fazli arrived in Islamabad for a two-day visit to hold talks with Pakistani leadership to discuss economic cooperation, bilateral, regional relations and security issues. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

On May 29, a number of gatherings were held in Tehran and Mashhad following the Friday Mass Prayers. In Tehran, the protest was called a “Protest against Agreement at Any Cost”.

Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli told a gathering of governors and prefects that “the nuclear issue is being carried out by the administration in the framework of national interests under the guidance of the leader and the supervision of Parliament.”

He stressed that no permits will be issued for protests for or against this negotiation process. He added that any illegal gatherings will be subject to prosecution.

He said that with the approach of the parliamentary elections and in accordance with the leader’s statement, such demonstrations are no longer appropriate.

The consensus reached in Lausanne for the final drafting of the nuclear agreement between Iran and the 5+1 has been criticized by a number of groups in Iran.