Iranian Foreign Min. Javad Zarif abruptly resigns

Iranian Foreign Min. Javad Zarif abruptly resigns
Javad Zarif at 2019 Munich Security Conference. YouTube video

[Ed. – He resigned with an apology for his shortcomings, which isn’t routine. Javad Zarif and John Kerry were an item during the JCPOA negotiations in 2015.  Zarif was reported to be uncharacteristically hostile and snappish in a recent press availability in Europe; that may be related to the sudden departure.]

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, the urbane, U.S.-educated architect of its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, announced his resignation unexpectedly on Monday on Instagram. …

He gave no specific reasons for his decision. …

A spokesman for the Iranian mission to the United Nations, Alireza Miryousefi, confirmed the announcement of the resignation. However there was no immediate word on whether President Hassan Rouhani would accept it.

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