Published: Tue, February 26, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Iran’s foreign minister resigns amid nuclear deal turmoil

Iran’s foreign minister resigns amid nuclear deal turmoil

"Many thanks for the generosity of the dear and fearless people of Iran and its authorities over the past 67 months", he wrote on his Instagram page jzarif_ir, according a Reuters translation.

"I am apologising you for all the shortcomings...in the past years during my time as foreign minister ... Be happy and worthy", Zarif wrote in his Instagram blog.

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif suddenly resigned late Monday night without warning, offering an "apology" to the nation as the nuclear deal he negotiated with world powers stands on the verge of collapse due to the us withdrawal from the accord.

Zarif was the key architect in the landmark deal aimed at reining in Iran's nuclear program - which US President Donald Trump withdrew from past year.

Iran's semi-official Tasnim news agency said "some sources have confirmed Zarif's resignation" on Monday, but it was not clear whether President Hassan Rouhani would accept it, Reuters reported.

A spokesman for the Iranian mission to the United Nations, Alireza Miryousefi, confirmed the announcement of the resignation.

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The reasons for his resignation remain unclear so far.

Zarif has been the man entrusted with salvaging the nuclear deal by both Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Rouhani, making his departure at this juncture a devastating blow to cooperation between Iran and Europe - all while Rouhani's policy of "constructive engagement" may come under more pressure by hardliners.

However there was no immediate word on whether President Hassan Rouhani would accept it.

"As foreign minister, Zarif played a key role in negotiating the 2015 nuclear agreement, and his experience is not something they can easily replace", Rafati told MEE in an email.

Secret backchannel talks between the United States and Iran in Oman became full-fledged negotiations over its nuclear program. Vaezi, who served as minister of information and communications technology during Rouhani's first term, for his part is among the possible candidates to replace Zarif and has always been described as having a strong desire to take the job.

Zarif had been a major proponent of the Iran Nuclear Deal back in 2015, arguing for the removal of sanctions and a nuclear enrichment plan with the then Secretary of State, John Kerry. Even so, it is highly unusual for a senior Iranian official to resign on social media.

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