DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) â Even before Iran's envoys could pack their bags in Geneva after wrapping up a first-step nuclear deal with world powers, President Hassan Rouhani was opening a potentially tougher diplomatic front: selling the give-and-take to his country's powerful insider interests led by the Revolutionary Guard.
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Iran's ability to fulfill its part of the six-month bargain â which includes greater access for U.N. inspectors and a cap on the level of uranium enrichment â will depend largely on the Guard and its network.
The Guard's influence stretches from the missile batteries outside key nuclear facilities to the production of the equipment inside. It runs from companies making Iran's long-range missiles to paramilitary units that cover every inch of the country.
Rouhani's praise for the deal announced Sunday has sounded at times like snippets from the national anthem.
"The Iranian nation again displayed dignity and grandeur," he said in a televised address. He went on to laud the "glorious" affirmation that Iran can continue uranium enrichment under the accord â at levels that can power Iran's lone energy-producing reactor but well below what's needed to approach weapons-grade material.
Rouhani ended the speech by trying to give the country's nuclear efforts a sense of homespun honor. Borrowing from the political theater playbook of his predecessor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, he surrounded himself with relatives of Iranian nuclear scientists killed in ambush-style attacks blamed by Iran on Israel and its allies.
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But Rouhani is also appealing to the more practical interests of the Guard, whose clout translates into cash. The Guard has a hand in some of the biggest money-generating enterprises in Iran, including import-export gatekeepers and real estate holdings. Its leaders likely recognize that easing Western sanctions will help their bottom line.
What may be a harder point of persuasion is beyond the accord. The Revolutionary Guard must be comfortable that the deal isn't a prelude to broader diplomatic overtures with Washington that could undermine its standing and reach, which include aiding Lebanon's Hezbollah and Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces.
A veteran commentator on Iranian affairs, Ehsan Ahrari, said the "schizophrenic nature" of Iran's domestic leadership â one side extolling the accord and the other side wary â stands as the biggest wild card in the Geneva deal.
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the ultimate authority, has the final word in all key matters and, for the moment, sides with Rouhani on the nuclear talks and the parallel outreach to the U.S. after more than three decades of diplomatic estrangement. The nuclear deal also appears to have widespread public support as a change to ease Iran's international isolation and perhaps open the way for serious rollbacks on sanctions if the initial six-month phase moves ahead as planned.
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coldjoint, You're the joke on a2k. Where did you learn about politics? From FOX News?
The Koran (and the Hadith) does not explain the situation in any way about the nuclear agreement with Iran. It has to do with international enforcement of nuclear regulations.
Qur'an 9:3 "Allah and His Messenger dissolve obligations."
Qur'an 66:2 "Allah has already sanctioned for you the dissolution of your vows."
Bukhari:V4B52N268 "Allah's Apostle said, 'War is deceit.'"
Qur'an 4:142 "Surely the hypocrites strive to deceive Allah. He shall retaliate by deceiving them."
"If you choose to live here (in America) ... you have a responsibility to deliver the message of Islam," he said.
Islam isn't in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant, he said. The Koran, the Muslim book of scripture, should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth, he said.
**** off? Are you a teenager? LOL Mr. Green
However, he wants to continue the embargo, and forget the recent agreement to reduce their nuclear capabilities for weapons development.
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Wolfowitz is a neoconservative and if they had their way today they would be invading Iran. It is the Neoconservatives whose lobbyists working on behalf of Bibi Netanyahu who are whipping up the congress against the President who made a gesture towards diplomacy regarding Iran.
That anyone would listen to... let alone allow Paul Wolfowitz to try to influence anyone's foreign policy or have anything to do with politics even dog catcher policies of the smallest town in nowhere Alaska.
pathetically aging befuddled person