U.S. General George Casey (file photo) (epa)
June 24, 2006 -- Iran is denying accusations by a top U.S. general that it is a major force behind the violence in neighboring Iraq.
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi said in Tehran today that the allegations "are in line with U.S. officials' efforts to cover up their weaknesses and to justify their defeats in Iraq."
Asefi said Iran wants to have a united, strong, and integrated Iraq as its neighbor.
On June 22, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, General George Casey, said Iran was a major force behind unrest in Iraq. He said Tehran trains and arms violent Shi'ite groups and uses "surrogates" to carry out terrorist strikes.