Iran's diplomatic spokesperson took issue with Secretary Pompeo's 12 March assertion that "Iran is using its energy to create a vassal state" in Iraq". "Contrary to the U.S.' usual interfering policies, neither of the countries [Iran and Iraq] seeks to impose its will and demands on the other", he riposted. "The leaders of the two countries have decided to stand together in tough conditions. If such a decision and choice irritates U.S. officials, they should not allow themselves to use undiplomatic terms... just because of their absurd anger caused by their selfish wrath".
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