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Rouhani defends nuclear deal to IRGC

In his speech defending the nuclear deal to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani drew wide attention for calling other threats such as pollution and economic deterioration just as serious as Western influence.
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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani defended the nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers at a gathering of commanders of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. At the 21st National Assembly of IRGC commanders, Rouhani stressed the need for unity but also made headlines for suggesting that social and environmental problems are as dangerous as the enemies facing Iran.

Rouhani praised the accomplishments of the IRGC and other armed forces after the 1979 revolution in protecting the state’s independence and borders. He said that according to the constitution, the duty of the armed forces is to protect “the independence of the state and territorial integrity of the Islamic Republic.” He added that other institutions in the country also have this responsibility, including the Supreme National Security Council, a body for which he was the secretary for nearly 16 years.

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