Just as Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif was attending the G7 Summit as a surprise guest of French President Emmanuel Macron over the weekend, he issued a fatwah against the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, an American think tank based in Washington, D.C.

“The Foreign Ministry has announced the sanctions on the FDD and its CEO based on a law titled ‘Countering America’s Human Rights Violation and Adventurous and Terrorist Actions’ passed by the Iranian Parliament in 2017,” MEHR News Agency reported over the weekend. “Accordingly, taking any actions by the judicial and security apparatuses against the FDD and their Iranian and non-Iranian accomplices will be considered legitimate as their actions are against the Iran’s national security and the interests of Iranian people and government.”

Iran is calling their action against FDD “sanctions,” but as the think tank notes, the instruction to “security apparatuses” is a direct safety threat against its CEO, members and employees.

“FDD conducts independent research and analysis on national security issues. The Islamic Republic prohibits such freedoms at home, and would like to do so abroad as well. The Islamic Republic, which has occupied the great nation of Iran for four decades, continues to brutally repress the peoples of Iran, stealing their wealth and creating destruction and chaos in the Middle East,” CEO Mark Dubowitz said in a released statement. “FDD considers its inclusion on any list put out by the regime as a badge of honor and looks forward to the day when Americans and others can visit a free and democratic Iran.”

The backlash against Zarif’s threat has been bipartisan, with former Obama officials and opposing think tanks coming to FDD’s defense.

The U.S. State Department is also paying attention.

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