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Iran Guards say U.S. sanctioning of foreign minister Zarif 'ridiculous'

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards condemned on Thursday the sanctioning of the Iranian foreign minister by the United States as “ridiculous, illegal and unwise”, the semi-official news agency Fars reported.

The United States on Wednesday imposed sanctions on Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, targeting Iran’s top spokesman amid rising tensions between the two countries.

“In a statement, the Revolutionary guards condemned as ridiculous this illegal and unwise act, and said: ‘The Americans ... are exposing their anger over how widely the message... of the Islamic revolution has been spread (by Zarif)’,” Fars reported.

Reporting by Dubai newsroom; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky