Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif arrived in a wheel chair to a press conference at the end of talks with the world powers on resolving the dispute over the country’s nuclear program.
Zarif, still suffering from back pain after critical comments in Iran last week, grimaced in pain as he answered questions about two days of talks about nuclear issues and Western sanctions.
On Oct. 9, Zarif checked himself into hospital complaining of back pain and muscle spasms because Iran’s domestic political battles had become so tense, he wrote on his Facebook page. He canceled his appointments as he sought medical treatment. The source of his distress: Zarif said he was misquoted in an article in Kayhan newspaper, which is close to the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, on reaching out to the U.S. It was a rebuke to Zarif who had brought about a historic telephone call between Presidents Hassan Rouhani and Barack Obama.
Zarif stayed on a bed as he flew to Geneva as the head of the Iranian delegation and canceled most of his media appearances.
Zarif may be in for more pain. Kayhan will resume publication tomorrow after the end of a religious holiday.