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In a previous post one Iranian politician was quoted as predicting that Zarif's resignation would not be accepted. It appears that this was correct. Iran's president rejects resignation of his foreign minister | CBC News
Iran's president rejected the resignation of his foreign minister on Wednesday, throwing his full support behind the diplomat who negotiated the country's nuclear deal with world powers as both men face growing pressure from hard-liners as the accord unravels under American pressure.

(...) "Since I consider you in the front line of resistance against broad pressures by the U.S., I consider acceptance of your resignation against the expedience of the country and I do not agree with it," Rouhani reportedly told Zarif.
He was later shown visiting the president of Armenia, indicating that he is back to work.
The 59-year-old diplomat later was shown on state television at an event with visiting Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, signalling his return to work.
His resignation threat was believed to have been sparked by attempts by hard liners in Iran who want to get rid of him so they can roll back the nuclear deal and resume building a nuclear arsenal. Zarif is closely associated with the agreement with Western countries to limit nuclear activities in return for a removal of trade sanctions. US attempts to undermine the deal have undermined moderate factions in Iran and strengthened the position of hard liners.
 
One of Iran’s primary tools of coercion and force projection is its missile arsenal. The British ambassador to the UN Karen Pierce had said the Iranian missile tests in December 2018 were inconsistent with UN Resolution 2231, and had gone “way beyond legitimate defensive needs”. Resolution 2231 contains the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) which requires Iran “not to undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons, including launches using such ballistic missile technology” until 2024 at the earliest.
Iran admits 'significant' medium-range ballistic missile test

The recent Dynamic Force Employment THAAD exercise to Israel has been:
1) An opportunity for the US to evaluate the process of packaging the system, shuttling it there, unloading, setting up, and linking with the IDF integrated air defence network. This in line with the U.S. military’s latest Missile Defence Review released Jan 2019 that highlights cooperation with regional allies like Israel.
US Deploys THAAD Missile Defense System to Israel

…and

2) May well be a rather pointed message to Iran that appropriate responses have been made.
 

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