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IRGC Rejects MP's Claim About Rouhani's Link To British Intelligence

Javad Karimi Ghoddousi, Iranian hardliner MP from Mashhad. Undated

The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has refuted a claim by a member of Iranian Parliament who has alleged that the IRGC has at its disposal a tape of President Hassan Rouhani's conversation with the British foreign intelligence agency MI6.

A video of MP Javad Karimi Ghoddousi accusing Rouhani of being linked to MI6 has gone viral on Persian Twitter.

IRGC's Public Relations Chief Ramazan Sharif has denied Ghoddousi's claim, adding that such claims are not unprecedented. Ghoddousi has been frequently levelling espionage charges against many Iranian politicians including Rouhani in recent years, but has never been pursued for libel.

Even now that one of his claims and accusations has been officially announced to be baseless, there is no sign that the hardliner MP would be prosecuted for libel.

Ramazan Sharif, however, has said that IRGC reserves the right to chase the matter.

In the meantime, according to state-owned news agency ISNA, the IRGC Intelligence Organization has sent a letter to the Supreme National Security Council, asking the council to issue a warning to Ghoddousi.