IRGC Head Warns of ‘Sedition’ Post-Nuclear Deal

Jafari warned Iran’s actions must be based on “Islamic ideology,” and enemy countries have tried in the past to convince Iran to put aside its ideological and revolutionary policies.

Jafari warned, “If this belief is created among the people that since on the nuclear deal there is an agreement and so on other issues we can reach an agreement, this is a danger and a sedition.”

To counter this, Jafari said that there are “special expectations” on Iranian college students to expose or “take any other actions” against attempts by the United States to influence Iran.

This call for Basiji university students to take action against what Jafari called the “soft-war” against Iran should be taken seriously; however, he did warn that “violent action may backfire.”

Jafari said that this sedition “will be long and possibly take many years.” The open-ended warning will not be welcome news to Iranians hoping for a more open political environment after the nuclear deal.

The IRGC has been one of the main groups to lead crackdowns on political movements or protests, especially in 1999 and 2009, “the second and third seditions,” according to Jafari.

To gauge how seriously Jafari views “seditions,” he labeled the 8-year-long Iran-Iraq War of the 1980s as “the first sedition.” He said the intention of the enemy was to force the Islamic Republic to “deviate or have fundamental problems.”

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