TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – The Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said the US is after excuses to undermine relations with Iran by claiming Iran’s involvement in the death of around 600 US troops in Iraq.

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Zakharova on Thursday pointed to a recent statement by the US State Department Special Representative for Iran, saying, “We were surprised to read the statement by US State Department Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook, in which he claims that Iran is involved in the death of six hundred US troops in Iraq. We haven’t heard of any clashes between Americans and Iranians on the territory of Iraq, so our Washington colleagues have to explain what exactly they mean by Tehran’s involvement.”

“We understand that anti-Iranian sentiment is through the roof in Washington, but there has to be some ground to make these kinds of statements. You have to hold responsibility for what you have said. There is an impression that the US is thinking up another excuse to explain the escalation of relations with Iran if they deem it appropriate,” Tass quoted her as saying.