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Commander Mohammed Jaafari on the sidelines of a committee meeting in Tehran,PHOTO: ISNA

London- Iranian Revolutionary commander Mohammed Jaafari criticized President Hassan Rouhani’s for accusing Tehran’s elite guard of intervening in national economic decision-making processes.

Jaafari said that the Rouhani administration has inexcusably failed to deliver on its financial commitments to the guard amid rising regional tensions. He said that the short-coming is at a time in which Iran needs more missile power than ever.

He vowed his forces have both missiles and guns needed to protect the country, but stressed that “the Revolutionary Guards’ silence will be exercised for purposes of national unity.”

Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Secretary Ali Shamkhani warned of the internal conflict rising over what party is held accountable for the rocket fire targeting Iranian posts last week on sites in Syria.

Jaafari bashed Rouhani’s leadership, saying that the re-elected leader is seeking to polarize the Iranian people whilst failing to deliver promises he made on advancing Iran’s economic standing and public living.

The Revolutionary Guards commander said that the corps and Basij forces are “determined” to “compensate,” in all possible ways for the deficiency in living standards and mitigating economic strain. In a remark made to display the Revolutionary Guards’ fixation on involvement in economic activity.

Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei warned a few days ago of repeated “political schism among officials.” He warned that the 1980 impeachment of the first Iranian President Abolhassan Banisadr could be repeated.

Last Thursday, Iranian President Rouhani criticized the Revolutionary Guard intervening in the Iranian economy.

“A part of the national economy in the hands of a government that does not have military might and has been handed over authority by a government that does,” said Rouhani.

Despite Rouhani’s earlier criticism of the role of the Revolutionary Guard in the economy, it is the first time he explicitly mentions a parallel government to the Iranian government ruled by the guard.

Rouhani further said that the political situation and hierarchy in Iran is scaring off investors.