Iranian Guard Corps Could See Influence Dialed Back

Global Security Newswire Staff
Aug. 8, 2013, 11:02 a.m.

Ir­a­ni­an Re­volu­tion­ary Guard mem­bers are ex­pec­ted to re­ceive far few­er cab­in­et as­sign­ments from Pres­id­ent Has­san Rouh­ani than they held un­der his pre­de­cessor, a de­vel­op­ment with pos­sible im­plic­a­tions for a glob­al dis­pute over Ir­an’s atom­ic activ­it­ies, the Wall Street Journ­al re­por­ted on Wed­nes­day.

The mil­it­ary branch has ap­par­ently had a hand in pre­par­ing nuc­le­ar arms blue­prints, and it also ap­pears to have been in­stru­ment­al in selling Ir­an’s atom­ic ef­forts to the na­tion’s lead­ers, ac­cord­ing to U.S. and U.N. in­siders. Tehran has long in­sisted its atom­ic am­bi­tions are peace­ful in nature.

Ir­an watch­ers and West­ern gov­ern­ment sources guess that Rouh­ani will nom­in­ate only three cur­rent or former Re­volu­tion­ary Guard fig­ures for cab­in­et po­s­i­tions. They held roughly 50 per­cent of the 18 top-level spots un­der Mah­moud Ah­mad­ine­jad, the pri­or pres­id­ent.

Ir­a­ni­an news or­gan­iz­a­tions, though, have floated former Re­volu­tion­ary Guard mem­ber Hos­sein De­hghan as a prob­able pick for Tehran’s new lead en­voy to atom­ic talks with the five per­man­ent U.N. Se­cur­ity Coun­cil mem­ber na­tions and Ger­many. The dis­cus­sions have un­fol­ded over a num­ber of years and done little so far to clear up wor­ries that Ir­an is pur­su­ing a nuc­le­ar arms cap­ab­il­ity.

Mean­while, Is­raeli Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Net­an­yahu on Wed­nes­day said Ir­an is “us­ing 7,000 new cent­ri­fuges, in­clud­ing 1,000 which are of a new­er type,” Agence France-Presse re­por­ted.

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