War fears as Iran Foreign Minister behind nuclear deal resigns in bizarre INSTAGRAM post

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Mohammad Javad Zarif, 59, announced the decision unexpectedly to his 682k followers on Monday.

He wrote: “Many thanks for the generosity of the dear and brave people of Iran and its authorities over the past 67 months.

“I sincerely apologise for the inability to continue serving and for all the shortcomings during my service.

“Be happy and worthy,” he added.

The decision remains a mystery, as he gave no specific reasons for resigning.

Iran Foreign Minister Javad Zarif resigns

GONE: Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has resigned (Pic: GETTY)

“I sincerely apologise for the inability to continue serving and for all the shortcomings during my service”

Mohammad Javad Zarif, former Iranian Foreign Minister

It comes as his nuclear deal which he worked on in 2015 faces major threats.

The landmark deal saw Iran agree to curbs on its nuclear programme in return for the lifting of international financial sanctions.

He was attacked by anti-Western hardliners in the Islamic Republic after Donald Trump pulled out of the agreement last May, imposing new sanctions on the country’s economy and precious oil industry.

A spokesman for the Iranian mission to the UN, Alireza Miryousefi, confirmed the announcement of the resignation.

Iran Foreign Minister Javad Zarif resigns

BIZARRE: The 59-year-old chose to make the announcement with a strange Instagram post (Pic: INSTAGRAM/JZARIF_IR)

Iran Foreign Minister Javad Zarif resigns

MASTERMIND: Zarif was behind the country’s 2015 nuclear deal (Pic: EPA)

Iran Foreign Minister Javad Zarif

NEGOTIATIONS: Zarif and US Secretary of State John Kerry, left (Pic: GETTY)

But it isn’t known if the country’s president Hassan Rouhani will accept it.

Zarif’s decision puts further pressure on Rouhani — who has been seen as a pragmatist — as voices in Iran call for a more aggressive strategy.

Educated in the US from the age of 17, Zarif also served as a diplomat to the UN.

He was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs in August 2014 after Rouhani won the presidential elections in a landslide, promising to open up the country to the outside world.

Although Rouhani chose Zarif, the country’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei traditionally has the last say over appointing key ministers.

Hassan Rouhani and Barack Obama on nuclear deal

AGREEMENT: News of the deal between Barack Obama and Hassan Rouhani was widely reported in Iran (Pic: GETTY)

Donald Trump

HARDLINE: US President Donald Trump has pushed for a tougher stance on Iran’s nuclear programme (Pic: REUTERS)

Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu on Iran nuclear deal

COVER-UP: Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has accused Iran of continuing its nuclear programme (Pic: GETTY)

In February 2014, Zarif caused uproar when he condemned the Holocaust, which many in the country’s extremist government deny.

He was even threatened with physical harm when he organised the nuclear deal.

Earlier this month, a former commander of the country’s hardline Revolutionary Guards Corps, Hassan Abbasi, said he believed Iran’s people would spit on Zarif and those who supported the nuclear deal.

“Rouhani, Zarif, go to hell,” he said.

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