Iranian President Hassan Rouhani arrives for his press conference at the presidency compound in Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
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Iran's armed forces, some of which are under U.S. sanctions, must divest from energy assets and other businesses to help save the Gulf nation's economy, President Hassan Rouhani said.Armed forces, together with the largest state pension fund and other branches of the government, must withdraw from all their commercial holdings, Rouhani said Tuesday at a news conference in Tehran.Armed forces in Iran include the Revolutionary Guard Corps, a powerful military organization that is subject to U.S. sanctions and controls a wide range of local companies.Rouhani's government, now in its fifth year, has faced unprecedented scrutiny from ordinary Iranians frustrated that their living standards haven't improved since the nuclear deal.
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