Iran infighting 'deadly poison' for foreign policy: Zarif

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif's comments suggest he may have resigned over pressure from hard-line elements opposed to his role in negotiating a landmark 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.
Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif's comments suggest he may have resigned over pressure from hard-line elements opposed to his role in negotiating a landmark 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.PHOTO: AFP

GENEVA (REUTERS) - Fighting between parties and factions in Iran is a "deadly poison" in formulating foreign policy, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said in an interview published by the Jomhuri Eslami newspaper on Tuesday (Feb 26), a day after announcing his resignation.

Mr Zarif's comments suggest he may have resigned over pressure from hard-line elements opposed to his role in negotiating a landmark 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.

"We first have to remove our foreign policy from the issue of party and factional fighting," Mr Zarif said in the interview.

"The deadly poison for foreign policy is for foreign policy to become an issue of party and factional fighting," he added.

President Hassan Rouhani has not formally accepted the resignation, which Mr Zarif announced on Monday on Instagram.