BBC NEWS | Middle East | US hits back at Ahmadinejad claimThe White House has accused Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of seeking to blame the US for unrest following Iran's disputed election.
The US replied one day after Mr Ahmadinejad was sharply critical of President Barack Obama for condemning Iranian violence against protesters.
Tehran's leadership has accused foreign governments of fuelling the protests.
G8 foreign ministers meeting in Italy are currently considering a response to the post-election violence in Iran.
War of words
"There are people in Iran who want to make this not about a debate among Iranians in Iran, but about the West and the United States," White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said.
"I would add President Ahmadinejad to that list of people trying to make this about the United States."
He was speaking in response to an angry statement made by Mr Ahmadinejad on Thursday. He told Mr Obama to avoid "interfering in Iran's affairs".
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Now Gibbs compares the despot to Americans who expect the USA to stand behind Freedom.