By Arash Karami, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News.
As Iran began the preliminary implementation of the nuclear deal with the six world powers on Nov. 2, the head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), Mohammad Ali Jafari (pictured), warned of a weakening revolutionary zeal inside the country after the agreement.
His warning reflects the position of those concerned about American influence in the country given that tensions and the possibility of a war post-deal have decreased dramatically.
Speaking at a conference described by hard-line Mashregh News as “the first anti-American gathering after the nuclear agreement,” Jafari said that there had been one “sedition” in each decade since the 1979 revolution.
He said the fourth sedition will use the case that Iran’s nuclear program is an excuse to force the country to sit down at the negotiation table. He said that the United States intends to use the negotiations to penetrate Iran.
By “penetrate” Jafari means to have influence culturally, economically or politically. Given that international sanctions on Iran will be removed, American and Western products can now be legally brought into the country.
Along with Western products, the fear of Western or American ideas also being imported to Iranians is a serious concern for Iranian officials who want to maintain the Islamic nature of the country.