Iran’s President Blocks Foreign Minister’s Resignation – The Wall Street Journal

TEHRAN—Iranian President Hassan Rouhani rejected the resignation of his top diplomat Wednesday, in a bid to quell the political turbulence growing around the government as it comes under intensifying pressure from the U.S.

Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, an architect of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, quit late Monday apparently angry at being excluded from an unannounced visit by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. His resignation threatened to throw the Rouhani government deeper into crisis and strengthen the country’s hard-liners.