Iranian President Hassan Rohani’s office responded on the 26th that Foreign Minister Mohamed Jawad Zarif announced his resignation the day before, saying he would not accept it.
Zarif has led the negotiations on the Iranian nuclear issue. In 2015, he reached a comprehensive agreement on the Iranian nuclear issue with the United States, Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany. However, US President Donald Trump announced last year that the United States has withdrawn from the Iranian nuclear agreement, and Zarif has suffered tremendous political pressure at home.
[The reason is unknown]
Zarif did not mention the reasons for his resignation on the 25th. He wrote on a social media that night: “Thank you very much for the generous and generous Iranian people and authorities for the past 67 months of tolerance. I sincerely can’t continue to work for me and all during my tenure. Not enough to apologize.”
A spokesman for the Iranian Foreign Ministry confirmed that Zarif had announced his resignation and did not explain why.
Iranian state media released news of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s visit to Iran later on the 25th. No Zarif was seen. Iran is the main ally of the Bashar regime. Bashar visited Iran for the first time since the outbreak of the Syrian civil war in 2011. He met with Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Rohani.
The day before, Zarif spoke in the capital Tehran, criticizing Iran’s domestic hardliners, emphasizing that maintaining independence is not the same as isolating the world.
[Leading nuclear talk]
Zarif was born in 1960. He studied in the United States and is a senior diplomat. From 2002 to 2007, he was the Permanent Representative of Iran to the United Nations.
Rohani was elected president in June 2013. Zarif became the foreign minister in August of the same year and then took over the Iranian nuclear issue.
The Iranian nuclear talks met with hardline opposition in Iran, and Zarif repeatedly went to the parliament to brief and explain the situation. He also publicly condemned the massacre of Jews during the Second World War because of his violation of Iran’s consistent position. He went to Parliament for question in February 2014.
In July 2015, under the leadership of Zarif, Iran and the Iranian nuclear issue reached a comprehensive agreement on the Iranian nuclear issue.
The Associated Press reported that before the official launch of the Iranian nuclear talks, Zarif and the then US Secretary of State John Kerry met more than 50 times through secret channels.
[President does not abandon]
Zarif is an ally of Rohani. It is widely expected that Zarif’s resignation means the end of the Iranian nuclear agreement in Iran, which may weaken Rohani’s ability to govern.
Rohani also suffered political pressure because of the US withdrawal from the Iranian nuclear deal.
In May 2018, US President Trump announced that the United States had withdrawn from the Iranian nuclear agreement and restarted sanctions against Iraq. Affected by the sanctions, Iran’s economic situation deteriorated, prices rose, and the currency rials depreciated sharply, which caused the Rohani government to face doubts. The parliament has questioned Rohani on economic issues.
Rohani’s office posted a message on social media earlier on the 26th, praising Zarif for his due diligence and announcing that he will continue to perform his duties. “Zalif is not alone. We (the government) will support him.”
However, Iranian political analyst Hassan Muhammaddi believes that the government now needs tough foreign ministers, not “people who smile at the West