Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards have rejected the UN Security Council resolution endorsing the long sought for nuclear deal, citing possible interference with the country's military operations and crossing "red lines" set by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
The landmark nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers (the US, Britain, France, Russia, Germany and China, also referred to as the P5 + 1, the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council with the addition of Germany, which is not a permanent member) has been unanimously endorsed by the UN Security Council in a morning meeting on Monday.
The resolution, cosponsored by all 15 - five permanent and 10 non-permanent - council members and adopted on Monday in New York, authorises a series of measures that pave the way to lifting UN sanctions on Iran.
The agreement is opposed in the US Congress as well as some Middle East states, including Israel and Saudi Arabia, as well as from the Revolutionary Guards and other Iranian hardliners.
Consequently, US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter has said that the option of military action to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons still exists despite the nuclear agreement.
Carter made the remark on his way to Israel, the first stop in his upcoming tour of the Middle East. Carter will later visit Saudi Arabia and Jordan to renew US security commitments in the region.
"Some parts of the [resolution] draft have clearly crossed the Islamic republic's red lines, especially in Iran's military capabilities," top Iranian revolutionary guard commander Mohammed Ali Jafari was quoted as saying shortly before the UN resolution was passed in New York.
"We will never accept it," he was quoted as saying by the semi-official Tasnim News Agency.
"Even by simply looking at the deal you can see some vital red lines of the Islamic Republic have not been preserved," wrote Hossein Shariatmadari, editor-in-chief of Kayhan, a newspaper closely associated with Khamenei.
"It's impossible that our Supreme Leader agrees with a deal that has crossed the red lines. The leader would have not asked the text of the deal to be examined carefully if he had already endorsed it," Shariatmadari said.
The head of Iran's nuclear organisation Ali Akbar Salehi and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, the two main negotiators in Vienna, will have to attend a closed-door session with the Iranian parliament on Tuesday to brief lawmakers on the deal.