Iran has rejected Israeli accusations that it was involved in the attack, calling the allegations "baseless" and an attempt by Israel to "divert attention from facts".
The service called Hamdam – Farsi for "companion" – is the only state-sanctioned platform of its kind in the Islamic republic, Iran's cyberspace police chief, Colonel Ali Mohammad Rajabi said adding that all other platforms are illegal.
Iran's former chief justice Ebrahim Raisi became the country's eighth president after winning a controversial election on Saturday. Rights groups say he was involved in the 1988 mass executions.
The unsurprising victory of Ebrahim Raisi will further entrench the hardline establishment, to the detriment of Iranians who have sacrificed their lives and livelihood for basic freedoms.
Results of the election are expected around noon Saturday. If no clear winner emerges, a runoff will be held on June 25, defying predictions.
State-linked opinion poll and analysts put cleric and judiciary chief Ebrahim Raisi as the dominant front-runner in an election many are likely to ignore amid economic hardship and calls for a boycott by liberals at home and abroad.
The restricted field may further dim the clerical establishment’s hopes of a high turnout amid growing public frustration over economic hardship and political restrictions.
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani says he asked supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to intervene and warned "the heart of elections is competition. If you take that away it becomes a corpse."
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says he seeks to be president once again, considering “the situation of the country, and the necessity for a revolution in the management of the country.”
US denies Iranian media report regarding possible prisoner swap and release of $7 billion in frozen Iranian funds, saying such reports "are not true."
In contrast to Turkey, much of the Arab countries surveyed don’t view Iranian or Saudi influence in the region positively.
Foreign Minister Javad Zarif says the sabotage at the Natanz nuclear facility negatively impact atomic deal talks in Vienna where Russia is putting on a united front with Iran against the US and Europe.
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