Iran FM Who Led Nuclear Deal Negotiations Resigns In Instagram Post

Iran FM Who Led Nuclear Deal Negotiations Resigns In Instagram Post

"I highly appreciate the graciousness of the fearless Iranian people and respected officials over the past 67 months", Zarif wrote in the statement, which was posted to his verified Instagram account.

Iran's foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, who played a key role in the 2015 nuclear deal, announced his resignation today.

"I sincerely apologize for the inability to continue serving and for all the shortcomings during my service".

Zarif's post shows the message against the background image of Fatima, the daughter of Prophet Muhammad, with Iran marking the day on her birth on Monday. But he came under attack by anti-Western hardliners in Iran after the United States pulled out of the agreement last May and reimposed sanctions that were lifted under the deal. He received a bachelor's degree and a master's degree from San Francisco State University and a second master's degree and a Ph.D. from the University of Denver.

Then US secretary of state John Kerry, left, meets with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif at United Nations headquarters on September 26, 2015.

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According to Reuters, citing Tasnim news agency, some local sources familiar with the matter have confirmed Zarif's resignation, however, it was not immediately clear whether Iranian President Hassan Rouhani would accept it.

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