Mohammad Javad Larijani, In an interview with FRANCE 24, declined to affirm US reports that Iran had carried out airstrikes against ISIL in Iraq, asserted that the human crisis was the consequence of the US as well as a number of its European allies’ ‘wrong and failed policies’.
Referring to the number of executions in Iran, he said, "no country would desire to have a high number of executions. It is tragic that we have a large number of executions for drug-related charges, but we are trying to change the present law.”
"In case the Parliament passes this new bill regarding drug-related crimes, it will eliminate 80 percent of the executions in the country,” he explained.
Iran's human rights chief also addressed the number of journalists detained in Iran including the detention of Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian, and said, "I hope the case of Rezaian's will be presented to court ASAP, and he will be acquitted of all charges.”