Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards head warned Tuesday that the nuclear deal with world powers was not a “model” to be replicated and criticized “Westernized groups” in the Islamic republic.
If the nuclear accord, which came into force in January, is “portrayed as a model, that is a sign of narrow mindedness and self humiliation,” General Mohammad Ali Jafari, quoted on the Guards’ website, told a meeting of senior commanders.
He said that those in Iran who espoused the deal as the right path for an internal political deal were “involuntarily taking the road to counter-revolution and want to humiliate our great people.”
Iran’s moderate President Hassan Rouhani has repeatedly praised the accord which defused a showdown with the West as an example to be followed for striking a domestic accord on “understanding and reconciliation” in the country.
French President Francois Hollande greets Iranian President Hassan Rouhani before a meeting at the Elysee Palace, in Paris, January 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
On March 20, however, Iran’s supreme guide Ayatollah Ali Khamenei criticized any such deal on the home front, without giving any names.
Jafari said “political ideas that contradict the Islamic revolution will not last… even if at a certain moment they might take control of the government and parliament.”
He said “the new Westernized trend in Iran is formed by American infiltration elements” that would be defeated by the Guards and “revolutionary forces within the country”.
Elections held in February, the first since the deal lifting international sanctions in return for a scaling down of Iran’s nuclear program, curbed a conservative dominance of parliament and led to advances for reformists.