Zarif bows out amid desperate regime bid to save Iran’s economy from meltdown

Mohammad Javad Zarif, the driving force behind Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal with Barack Obama, quits amid the regime’s struggle to survive the Trump era, DEBKAfile reports.  In six years, this polished, articulate diplomat, esteemed in Washington and Brussels, typically “apologized for his “shortcomings… during his time as foreign minister…” when he announced his resignation on Instagram on Monday, Feb. 25.
His exit marks the onset of large-scale dismissals of high regime officials amid the desperate deliberations that DEBKAfile’s Iranian and intelligence sources report are ongoing in Tehran for the past fortnight, on how to save the tottering economy from meltdown, under the crippling weight of the sanctions that US President Donald Trump imposed on Iran’s oil exports after he tore up the nuclear deal last May.
President Hassan Rouhani’s head may also be on the block now that his ally Zarif is gone. Our sources find evidence that Iran’s leaders have accepted that they have no choice but to engage the Trump administration and bring Tehran back to the negotiating table. They are looking for a diplomat on the lines of North Korea’s Kim Jong-un who they see as the right man to deal with Donald Trump.

That the regime in Tehran is in the throes of a major policy overhaul for its next steps was also signaled by the surprise visit of Syrian President Bashar Assad on the same Monday. Our sources report that he was invited to meet supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei for the first time for a briefing on the Islamic regime’s next steps as they pertain to Syria. He was accompanied by Iran’s supreme Middle East commander, the Al Qods chief Brig. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, which should set off alarm bells in Israel. It indicates strongly that the ayatollahs intend to come to the table with the US from a position of strength – not weakness.
On Feb. 22, DEBKA Weekly (for subscribers) began following the high-pressure policy deliberations taking place in Tehran with exclusive revelations. The coming issue, No. 838, out on March 1, continues to track Iran’s next steps with more disclosures. To sign on to DEBKA Weekly and access its unique coverage, click here.

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18 thoughts on “Zarif bows out amid desperate regime bid to save Iran’s economy from meltdown

  • Feb 26, 2019 @ 9:57 at 9:57

    Iran must get a new realistic foreign policy with a hypersonic nuclear counter-strike ability.

    • Feb 26, 2019 @ 17:05 at 17:05

      Just another sign the only thing Iran needs is a change of Leaderships, just like the Popes that led a Corrupt Vatican City States in Medieval Times using Christianity to control and oppress People in Europe, the Corrupt Supreme Leaders Ayatollahs Shiia Regime in Iran since 1979 have been doing the same thing to the Remarkable People in Iran and the Middle East. They are nearer to the end as well. Inshallah!

  • Feb 26, 2019 @ 10:26 at 10:26

    The real culprit for the disaster in Iran is Khamenei.

  • Feb 26, 2019 @ 10:56 at 10:56

    It is crystal clear that they want to change their policy.

    • Feb 27, 2019 @ 2:11 at 2:11

      Too late to change their policy….. They are broke…Thank God.

      • Feb 27, 2019 @ 7:15 at 7:15

        You know nothing about Iran, we will see

  • Feb 26, 2019 @ 11:23 at 11:23

    As is said in the environmental movement, the Iranians must adapt, migrate, or die. Tehran’s Jewish community is steadily diminishing as many migrate to Israel, or “Tehrangeles” via Turkey. Those unable to migrate hold onto their diminishing in value Rials in order to buy food and survive, and the remainder who are in the IRGC will likely die in the Ayatollah’s next Imperial adventures against Israel and Saudi Arabia, when Iranian cities become the next Hiroshima and Nagasaki!

    • Feb 27, 2019 @ 1:56 at 1:56

      No longer a need for another Hiroshima or Nagasaki when the Persian and Kurdish People rise up and sound the Trumpets of Jericho and the Aaytolah Shiia Regimes Home Walls come tumbling down from the Iranian People. The Powerful Persian Empire never has had such shallow, dismal, and weak Leadership in all if Persia and Iranian History.

    • Feb 27, 2019 @ 2:38 at 2:38

      “when Iranian cities become the next Hiroshima and Nagasaki!”

      It will happen!

      • Feb 27, 2019 @ 7:22 at 7:22

        Be ready for Ayatollah’s bomb, their new surprise before making the next Hiroshima and Nagasaki!

  • Feb 26, 2019 @ 12:15 at 12:15

    debka mossad fake news agency
    the iran economy is far from meltdown and is on path independent from oil export

    for example the trade blalance is postiv +1,5 billion $ in last 11 monzhs

    • Feb 26, 2019 @ 14:40 at 14:40

      Hold my coffee while I laugh uncontrollably. Even God is sanctioning the Mullahs, with a 30 year drought. Tehran is literally sinking, and the economy is melting faster than centrifuges in Natanz during Stuxnet. Hopefully the people take back their country soon. Israel will give them water, and the world will open back up to them.

  • Feb 26, 2019 @ 12:53 at 12:53

    It does not take a genius to figure out what Iran must do: Depose their fascist Islamic government and set up some form of democracy not based in Islam. They must end their foreign occupations, wars, terrorism and support for terrorism world-wide. They must start serving their own people rather than supporting killers abroad. They must end their hate for Israel and America NOW!!!

  • Feb 26, 2019 @ 23:20 at 23:20

    Iran is wasting a very good chance to make real and genuine peace with USA and its allies. Mr. Trump is a very pragmatic man who is not impeded by the “hatred” to Iran which other Presidents cannot escape. Ideology is filtering their perception of reality.

  • Feb 27, 2019 @ 0:52 at 0:52

    A new non-Islamic Iranian govt in exile, basis the Shah family, need be formed, financed, and wherein blockchain currency immediately and ongoing be paid via smartphone encrypted app to supporters in Iran. Would likely create 20 million of them overnight, inclusive of military.

  • Feb 27, 2019 @ 1:41 at 1:41

    True Historical Irony: Catholicism and Islam are simultaneously rotting from within, for a while now…

  • Feb 28, 2019 @ 23:29 at 23:29

    Death to America! Death to Israel! But maybe death to the towelheads will happen first. Go ahead Iran, make your move. We’re ready.

  • Mar 1, 2019 @ 17:03 at 17:03


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