Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Praises Nuclear Framework

Small Hardliner Protests Unlikely to Block Talks

Iranian hardliners attempted to organize a major protest against the P5+1 nuclear negotiations today in Tehran, but managed only about 200 demonstrators.

That’s not a lot, as support for the negotiations and the framework are growing, and Gen. Mohammed Ali Jafari, the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, publicly endorsed the deal and continued talks today.

Gen. Jafari lauded the “honest efforts” of the negotiators, saying that they were successful in defending Iran’s rights to the international community.

The hugely influential nature of the Revolutionary Guard means Gen. Jafari’s endorsement is one of the biggest possible in the nation. If the 200 attendees reflects how isolated the hardliners are in opposing the deal, the comments from Jafari will only underscore that fact.

Author: Jason Ditz

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