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London- As the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani defends the accomplishments reached by the nuclear deal, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), a military power which answers to the Iranian Supreme Leader solemnly, circulated harshly-worded criticisms urging the Iranian President to reconsider the commitments promised to the deal.

The Deputy Supreme Leader IRGC representative’s assistant, Abdullah Haji Sadiqqi, criticized the committee supervising the deal at the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC). Sadiqqi demanded that the committee responds to what he considered a U.S. relinquishment of commitments made at the deal.

Iran based news agency, Raja News, reported that the Supreme leader representative’s advisor at the IRGC, Yadallah Jawani has singled out alleged hostility of the U.S. against Iran which increased post the nuclear deal. Jawani also demanded that Iranians reconsider the nuclear deal, Iran’s commitments and the work agenda entailed by those commitments.

Supreme Leader’s representative at the Basij, a voluntary off-shoot of the IRGC for young recruits, Mohammed Reza Twesrkani hinted criticisms to the Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Zarif. “His (referring to Zarif) smiles at the nuclear negotiations bore Iranians ill results,”Twesrkani said.

Not only that, but Twesrkani criticized the complications brought in by an allegedly “confidential document” concerning the deal, and the consequences of concealing it from the Iranian Parliament.

On his behalf, Rouhani said in his speech, which was given at the international book fair kick off in Tehran, on Tuesday that his country has turned over a new page and has expanded into new domains after landing the nuclear deal.

Rouhani confirmed that Iran is undergoing a new phase, a post nuclear deal era, the Iranian Labour News Agency reported.

The Iranian President highlighting the coming of new times holds an in-between-the-lines response to the previously made comments.

Rouhani, also jumped into internal disputes raging over the topic of the nuclear deal. He accused neighboring countries of being agitated from the nuclear deal.

Over the course of the past two months, the Iranian government was subjected to pressures from senior officials, perhaps the most influential of all being the Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and prominent IRGC commanders.

Meanwhile, Rouhani went back to promoting the “all parties winning” slogan of the nuclear deal, and repeating that 188 countries allegedly benefited from the deal. However, he mentioned that only two countries, which he kept unnamed, were left damaged by the deal.

A few hours after Rouhani’s statements Iranian Sirat website, published questions on whether Rouhani was positive that Iran had actually profited something from the deal.

Moreover, Rouhani exploited Khamenei’s prior statements on the “loss of respect to opposing opinions in Iran”, and said that critics should not be sent to jail for expressing their opinions. Controversially, his words were given on the World Press Freedom Day, despite statistics proving that 37 journalists have been imprisoned under charges based on political stances.

Other reports show that hundreds of people in Iran are put in confinement for being opinionated.