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Iran's foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif the lead negotiator of the Iran nuclear deal with world powers announced his resignation on Monday in a strange Instagram post that took many by surprise the post offered no specific reason for his departure but said quote I sincerely apologize for the inability to continue serving and for all the short comings during my service Reuters correspondent are shot Muhammad the thing that struck me about what he said was his apology that almost seemed like some sort of deliberate may be imposed self criticism %HESITATION you know the the real fundamental question here is is what this means about the balance of power between %HESITATION those in Iran who want to engage with the outside world and those %HESITATION who who don't when I see an underling %HESITATION take it on the chin %HESITATION it makes me wonder about it %HESITATION the the boss so %HESITATION I fundamentally wonder here if Zarif's departure if it is confirmed is a sign that his his immediate boss the president Hassan Rouhani who who was elected as a reformer might be in trouble himself internally in Iran to restrain his post also comes at a strange time with Ron supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei meeting with Syrian leader Bashar al Assad on the very same day the roof had come under attack from anti western hardliners after US president Donald Trump pulled out of the twenty five nuclear deal with Iran which agreed to curb its nuclear program in return for the lifting of financial sanctions sanctions that have now been re imposed one might wonder if he'd been sort of living on borrowed time ever since president trump decided to pull out of that agreement you know I've seen at least one , comment by %HESITATION %HESITATION an analyst arguing that this suggests that the hard liners are gaining the upper hand %HESITATION in Iran %HESITATION and his his departure might well signal that %HESITATION you know it's also worth noting that it hasn't been officially confirmed in Iran at least not that I've seen that makes me wonder if maybe his resignation will be rejected and maybe he'll he'll stay you know this is this might just be the first act of a of a play that's going to unfold