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People walk at the Grand Bazaar in central Tehran October 7, 2015. REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi/TIMA

London- Iranian Chairman of Expediency Discernment Council Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani on Tuesday took advantage of the first year anniversary commemorating the signing of the highly-valued nuclear deal with the West. Rafsanjani further promoted Iranian-Western affairs by harshly criticizing national fundamentalists who call on pulling out from the deal.

Rafsanjani’s criticism was indirectly hinted to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, who had supported Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in their mission to revoke the deal.

Rafsanjani stated that taking down the deal would consequentially harm Iran, leading the regime to ‘drown’, as he put it. The anti-deal opposition has adopted a new approach, especially after the governing regime failed to secure a Boeing aircraft deal recently.

Chairman Rafsanjani also warned those ‘sensible’ within the regime of letting the regime sink by the actions of those who plotted to foil the government’s commitment to the nuclear deal.

He carried on saying that there are groups racing for the nuclear deal’s failure ignoring the fact that should the deal breakdown, it would subsequently weaken the regime and drive foreign investment away from the Iranian market.

On the other hand, IRGC intelligence had further deepened its involvement with the recent government corruption scandal, which shook Iran down to the core last month. Despite Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s undying efforts to clear the names of those operating his administration, parliament is expected to hold a set of interrogations with ministers suspected of affiliation with the case.

Chair to the Imdad state charity organization, Parviz Fattah, speaking to parliament on the unwarrantedly handsome paychecks received by allegedly corrupt ministers said that the scandal must not be used for political reprisal.

Speaking about Iran’s general socioeconomic view, Fattah said that unemployment, economic stagnation and trafficking are chief factors playing to increasing rates of poverty in Iran.

“All parliaments and successive governments have lent a hand in brewing a teapot of national poverty,” Fattah added.