Tensions between President Rouhani and Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guards have further escalated, with one of the president’s key advisors warning that the administration was keeping a close eye on the Guards and its overarching economic interests — a comment that met with a swift reply from General Mohammad Ali Jafari, the top commander of the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC).

Tweeting on June 23, Hesamodin Ashna, President Rouhani’s media advisor, said: “The High National Security Council shall continue to discuss…the limits, the means and the consequences of economic activities by the armed forces.”

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