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US Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on April 22, 2016 in New York. / AFP PHOTO / Bryan R. Smith

London- In light of a widening rift among the Iranian regime, hundreds of instructors, who belong to the higher education sector and are affiliated with 72 different universities in Iran, sent out an open letter to the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, in which they objected to Iranian military groups, namely the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), interfering in Iranian policy.

Over 347 instructors considered that the military involvement in politics would harm popular will. Furthermore, the letter accused military divisions for ignoring the recommendations given by the former Iranian Supreme Leader Ruhollah Khomeini on untying military bodies from political affairs of the country.

The undertone carried by the letter denounced recent declarations made by IRGC commander Mohammad Ali Jafari concerning the nuclear deal.

Jafari had considered the nuclear deal a disgrace to the people of Iran and rejected the change it would inflict on the Iranian regime’s approach. He said the fate of the deal remains unknown and that the people of Iran have benefited nothing from the deal.

Scholars all across Iran announced their ultimate support to the negotiating team bringing home the nuclear deal and to Rouhani against the opposition he faces coming from the Supreme Leadership Ali Kamenei’s inner circle.

Furthermore, sources said that U.S President Obama, highlighting his term coming to an end, had urged senior Iranian officials to push for Iran to cooperate concerning heated issues present in the Middle East, aiming at settling the crises in Syria, Iraq and Yemen. Obama proved willing to sit down with Iranian President Rouhani should he receive a positive response from Iran, sources added.

However, it is worth mentioning that Khamenei has sent several letters warning Rouhani’s administration not to negotiate with the U.S., outside the framework of the nuclear deal.