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IRGC rejects Obama's 'spirit' of nuclear deal

The head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has rejected calls by the Obama administration to use the comprehensive nuclear deal banner to implement other changes, arguing that the agreement has not benefited the Iranian public.

During an April 1 speech at the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, US President Barack Obama said that Iran, by testing ballistic missiles, was undermining the “spirit” of the nuclear agreement between Iran and the six world powers. The comments have struck a nerve in Iran, particularly among critics of President Hassan Rouhani who believe that the nuclear deal has had little impact on the country's economy.

Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Hassan Firouzabadi, who has in previous statements supported the nuclear deal, rejected Obama’s idea that there is a “spirit” to the nuclear agreement. In an April 5 meeting with other officials of the armed forces, Firouzabadi said, “When we reviewed the details of the Barjam we saw nothing but text, and we have no information on the spirit of the Barjam.” "Barjam" is the Persian acronym for the Joint Comprehensive Plant of Action (JCPOA).

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