mohammad javad zarif irans foreign minister announces resignation

Mohammad Javad Zarif: Iran’s foreign minister announces resignation

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif pictured earlier in February Image copyright AFP
Image caption Mr Zarif played an important role negotiating the 2015 Iranian nuclear accord

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has said he is stepping down, in a surprise announcement posted to his Instagram account.

He apologised for “shortcomings” during his time in government.

Mr Zarif played a prominent role in negotiating the landmark 2015 nuclear agreement between Iran and major international powers.

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

Mr Zarif’s resignation was confirmed by Iran’s state-run news agency, IRNA, which cited a spokesman for the foreign ministry.