"The red lines of the establishment must be preserved in the negotiations [with the six powers] so that the national pride is not damaged," said hardline Guards commander General Mohammad Ali Jafari, ISNA news agency reported. He did not elaborate on what the limits might be. "The objective of the talks is to lift the economic pressure on the people" caused by harsh international sanctions, Jafari said. "So we must hold our breath, remain silent, and see what will happen in the talks." He added: "I do not know what will happen ... It seems we will encounter problems at the talks, which I hope we will not."