Iran's Military

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The IRGC leadership is widely viewed in Iran to be employing the nuclear stand-off as a vehicle to encroach further into the political sphere. As the constitution prohibits serving IRGC staff from running for office, a number of retired officials from its ranks have recently been appointed to senior positions or elected to the Majlis. There has even been speculation that IRGC could field its own candidate for the 2005 presidential elections. Further political influence, combined with its full control over Iran's nuclear and ballistic missile programmes, could make the IRGC the most formidable obstacle to a transformation of Iran's foreign policy.


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