Iranian Official Hits US for Scapegoating

Ambassador to Iraq says US is trying 'to cover up failed plans'
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 16, 2007 12:56 PM CDT
Iranian Vice-President Parviz Davoudi, center, listens to deputy Foreign Minister Mohammad Reza Baqeri, during a joint press conference with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, left, as Iranian ambassador...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The US is hyping an Iranian threat to Iraq to deflect attention away from its mistakes, Iran’s ambassador to Iraq told CNN, again denying allegations Tehran is attacking American troops trying to stabilize the country. “US security plans for Iraq have not succeeded,” Hassan Kazemi-Qomi said. The administration is accusing others to “cover up their own failed plans.”

This week, Gen. David Petraeus repeated assertions that Iranian operatives were infiltrating Iraq and targeting American forces, a claim Kazemi-Qomi denied, suggesting instead that US allies were acting “as sabotaging forces” in the country. He criticized several US policies like de-Baathification of Iraq and the arming of some groups he labeled “terrorists.”