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Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei departs after casting his ballot in the parliamentary election in Tehran March 2, 2012. REUTERS/Caren Firouz/Files

London- Disputes ran deeper among officials in Iran after Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani made clashing stances on the Iran nuclear deal.

Khamenei’s Mashhad representative, Ahmed Alm Alhoda, on Friday hinted that Rouhani is short to naïve when promoting Iranian “pride” drawn from the nuclear deal. Alhoda made his statements during a Friday sermon that tackled the political turbulence experienced by the country over the past week.

Disagreement between Iranian officials flares when dealing with the nuclear ‘landmark’ deal despite a year marking its signature and another six months marking its implementation.

Iran’s President Rouhani strongly defends the deal against criticisms made by Supreme Leader Khamenei . Speaking on two different occasions last week, Rouhani argued against the claim pushed by Khamenei on the deal not bringing about any benefit for Iran.

Rouhani on Tuesday said that the nuclear deal was a factor in restoring “pride” to Iranians after Tehran asking for a helping hand during harsh sanction times.

Following the deal implementation, Iran returned to the international oil market and started building economic affairs with other countries. Naval transport and car manufacturing have also been revitalized as economic factors in Iran. Rouhani pivoted his speeches to the grandiose trade benefits annexed to the deal.

Albeit Rouhani’s speech radiated with promises of economic prosperity, it was his government’s delay in fulfilling those promises that led those opposing the nuclear deal to throw in their full weights to smear the bright image painted by Rouhani.

The opposition also condemns Iran, Rouhani in particular, giving up on the country’s nuclear program.

Alhoda had said “a man is considered naïve when believing that pride is restored by the nuclear deal;”

“Is pride found in opening up our markets to Italian fashion products?”

In his sermon, Al Hoda said that Iran had gained nothing from the nuclear deal but the opening of hundreds of foreign retail agents that seek to ‘pervert’ Iranian youth off its traditional course.

Khamenei’s criticisms against the nuclear deal further intensified after the parliamentary elections during February. Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) officials also had downsized the nuclear deal.

The IRGC is a branch of Iran’s Armed Forces that acts solely under the direct commandership of the Supreme Leader.