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In this file photo taken on Sunday, January 6, 2013, an Iranian man uses a computer in an Internet cafe at a shopping center in central Tehran, Iran. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, File)

In this file photo taken on Sunday, January 6, 2013, an Iranian man uses a computer in an Internet cafe at a shopping center in central Tehran, Iran. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, File)

Tehran, AP—A semiofficial news agency in Iran says hackers gained access to the Facebook page of the country’s foreign minister and made comments about the country’s 2009 election.

The report Saturday by the Fars News Agency quotes Marzieh Afkham, a foreign ministry spokeswoman, saying Mohamad Javad Zarif’s Facebook page had been hacked.

Fars said hackers wrote comments about the controversial 2009 re-election of former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that led to a massive crackdown on the country’s opposition.

Fars did not elaborate and the posts could not be accessed Saturday. A later post attributed to Zarif on the Facebook page said the account was “illegally accessed.” The post said he may close the Facebook page if it happens again.

Zarif has had his Facebook page since 2009, though authorities have blocked the service in Iran.

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