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Top Iran diplomat lashes out at hard-line critics

  • FILE - In this Sept. 26, 2013 file photo, seated at the table from left, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton attend a meeting of the five permanent members of the Security Council plus Germany during the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters. Iran's foreign minister fired back on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013 against hard-line critics of Tehran's groundbreaking outreach to the United States, accusing opponents of using fabricated news leaks and other tactics in attempts to undermine the effort. Zarif said on his Facebook page Tuesday, that the political battles had become so tense that it brought on back pain and spasms, causing him to cancel appointments and go to hospital for a check-up. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, File)

    FILE - In this Sept. 26, 2013 file photo, seated at the table from left, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton attend a meeting of the five permanent members of the Security Council plus Germany during the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters. Iran's foreign minister fired back on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013 against hard-line critics of Tehran's groundbreaking outreach to the United States, accusing opponents of using fabricated news leaks and other tactics in attempts to undermine the effort. Zarif said on his Facebook page Tuesday, that the political battles had become so tense that it brought on back pain and spasms, causing him to cancel appointments and go to hospital for a check-up. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, File)

  • FILE --  In this Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013 file photo, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif arrives for a meeting of the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and Germany during the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters. Iran's foreign minister fired back on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013 against hard-line critics of Tehran's groundbreaking outreach to the United States, accusing opponents of using fabricated news leaks and other tactics in attempts to undermine the effort. Zarif said on his Facebook page Tuesday, that the political battles had become so tense that it brought on back pain and spasms, causing him to cancel appointments and go to hospital for a check-up. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, File)

    FILE -- In this Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013 file photo, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif arrives for a meeting of the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and Germany during the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters. Iran's foreign minister fired back on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013 against hard-line critics of Tehran's groundbreaking outreach to the United States, accusing opponents of using fabricated news leaks and other tactics in attempts to undermine the effort. Zarif said on his Facebook page Tuesday, that the political battles had become so tense that it brought on back pain and spasms, causing him to cancel appointments and go to hospital for a check-up. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, File)

  • FILE - In this Sept. 26, 2013 file photo, seated at the table from left, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton attend a meeting of the five permanent members of the Security Council plus Germany during the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters. Iran's foreign minister fired back on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013 against hard-line critics of Tehran's groundbreaking outreach to the United States, accusing opponents of using fabricated news leaks and other tactics in attempts to undermine the effort. Zarif said on his Facebook page Tuesday, that the political battles had become so tense that it brought on back pain and spasms, causing him to cancel appointments and go to hospital for a check-up. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, File)
  • FILE --  In this Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013 file photo, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif arrives for a meeting of the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and Germany during the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters. Iran's foreign minister fired back on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013 against hard-line critics of Tehran's groundbreaking outreach to the United States, accusing opponents of using fabricated news leaks and other tactics in attempts to undermine the effort. Zarif said on his Facebook page Tuesday, that the political battles had become so tense that it brought on back pain and spasms, causing him to cancel appointments and go to hospital for a check-up. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, File)

Iran’s foreign minister fired back against hard-line critics of Tehran’s groundbreaking outreach to the United States, accusing opponents yesterday of using fabricated news leaks and other tactics to undermine the effort – and even checking himself into the hospital out of the stress it caused.

Mohammad Javad Zarif said the political battles had become so tense that it brought on back pain and spasms. He said on his Facebook page that he canceled appointments and went to the hospital for a check-up late Tuesday.

The image of the U.S.-educated Zarif forced to seek medical attention because of stress underscored the high-level tensions inside Iran’s leadership after the historic exchanges last month at the United Nations, including President Obama’s phone conversation with his Iranian counterpart, Hassan Rouhani. The call angered hard-liners.

The Associated Press

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