ANKARA/NEW YORK, Feb 7 (Reuters) – Iran’s foreign minister
has warned the United States that failure to agree a nuclear
deal would likely herald the political demise of pragmatist
President Hassan Rouhani, Iranian officials said, raising the
stakes as the decade-old stand-off nears its end-game.
Mohammad Javad Zarif pressed the concern with U.S. Secretary
of State John Kerry at several meetings in recent weeks,
according to three senior Iranian officials, who said Iran had
also raised the issue with other Western powers. Zarif’s warning
has not been previously reported.