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REPORT: Iran president defends Guards in show of unity anticipating Trump

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Iran's moderate president gave a full-throated defense of his one-time rivals in the Revolutionary Guards on Wednesday, as the country's pragmatist and hardline factions rallied together in the face of threats from Donald Trump.

The U.S. president is expected to "decertify" Iran's nuclear deal with global powers this week and add its Revolutionary Guards military force to Washington's black list of terrorist groups under a strategy to increase pressure on Tehran.
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The threat of U.S. action has united the two main factions of Iran's leadership, with the pragmatists led by President Hassan Rouhani who seek greater openness to the West
demonstrating their support for the hardline Guards.

During a cabinet meeting shown on state television on Wednesday, Rouhani said U.S. action against the Guards would be a "mistake beyond mistakes".

"They think that the Guards are a military entity. The Revolutionary Guards are not a military entity. They're in the heart of the people. The Revolutionary Guards, in all the days of danger, have defended our national interests," he said.

"We're one society. We're Iran. There are no differences between different factions in confronting the plots of our enemies," he added.
 
 


REUTERS
 
 


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