CAIRO — Tougher sanctions against Iran that the U.S. and its allies are considering to pressure it over its nuclear program might only strengthen its hard-line president and the Revolutionary Guard,
boosting the elite force’s economic and political muscle, experts warn.
The Revolutionary Guard has already worked its way into virtually all aspects of Iran’s economy, from banks to manufacturing to the oil sector, and it is believed to have a hand in the country’s black
market. Isolation under sanctions could push even more of the economy into the corps’ hands.