Mohammad Javad Zarif: Iran's foreign minister announces resignation

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"I sincerely apologize for my lack of ability to continue my service and for all of the shortcomings", he added.

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. "Be happy and worthy", Zarif wrote in his Instagram blog.

Zarif thanked Iranians and "respected officials" for their support "in the last 67 months". It was later confirmed by a spokesman for Iran's foreign ministry to the country's official IRNA news agency.

There was no immediate reason offered for what prompted Zarif's resignation.

Mr Zarif played an important role in striking the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers including the United States during the Barack Obama administration.

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Zarif has served as Iran's foreign minister since 2013.

But the future of the deal has been put into doubt after US President Donald Trump ended US involvement.

The U.S. -educated son of a wealthy family, Zarif overcame hard-line objections and Western suspicions to strike the accord with world powers that saw Iran limit its enrichment of uranium in exchange for the lifting of crippling economic sanctions.

His announcement came hours after state media in Iran and Syria reported Syrian President Bashar Assad visited Tehran in a rare overseas visit to meet Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani, but there was no indication the move was related.

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