Iranian foreign Minister Javad Zarif has announced his resignation. He has been at the head of the country’s foreign Ministry since 2013.
“I sincerely apologize for not being ready to continue working as a foreign Minister. Sorry for all the shortcomings during my service,” wrote Zarif.
The Iranian foreign Minister’s resignation was confirmed by Deputy press Secretary of the foreign Ministry Abbas Musavi.
The former permanent representative of Iran to the United Nations, Zarif has headed the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Iran in 2013, when the President was Hassan Rouhani. In the government, he was considered a supporter of establishing relations with the United States. It was Zarif who signed the “nuclear deal” in 2015, which allowed lifting sanctions against the Islamic Republic under Barack Obama.
However, after the President Donald Trump decided to break the deal with Iran and resume the sanctions regime, Zarif was often criticized at home for his desire to negotiate with the West.
The last significant foreign visit of Zarif was the Munich security conference, where he tried to defend the Iranian nuclear program. At the same time, he criticized the Saudi authorities and the desire of the White House to protect Riyadh, including the murder of journalist Jamal Hashkaji.
The US response
The US Secretary of state Mike Pompeo commented on the resignation of the Iranian foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. He wrote about it on his Twitter page.
According to Pompeo, the United States drew attention to information about his resignation.
“In any case, he (Javad Zarif) and Hassan Rouhani (President of Iran) – just figureheads corrupt religious mafia, ” said Pompeo.
He added that, according to the US, decisions are made by Ayatollah Khamenei. Pompeo stressed that the policy of the American side remains unchanged.