Iran has rejected as unfounded the US allegation that Tehran interferes in Iraq's internal affairs, the official IRNA news agency reported Wednesday.
"Publishing such reports is aimed at concealing the incapability of the occupying forces in restoring security to Iraq, " Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi was quoted as saying.
"Under the circumstances that security conditions in Iraq are worsening and the Iraqi nation, as the biggest victim, suffers further damage, such allegations are raised to divert the public opinion and to put the blame on somebody else," Asefi added.
He stressed that Iran had played a constructive role in restoring security in Iraq since the outset of the crisis in the country.
US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said on Tuesday that Iran was actively interfering in Iraq's internal affairs, especially those of Iraqi Shiites, saying that it was not helpful.
Meanwhile, Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki owed the turbulence in Iraq to unilateral measures and a trend to use force against the country.
"Consequently, the foreign occupation, coupled with egregious terrorist crimes, has exposed the Iraqi people to enormous suffering and placed stability in the whole region in jeopardy," Mottaki said in a speech at the UN Headquarters in New York.