Police say 60 bodies have been found in Baghdad and seven more in Mosul.
Hosseini told a news conference: “Americans should immediately release the five Iranians and pay compensation for the damages they caused to our office in Arbil.
“What they were doing was consular work. These were employees who were doing their job according to the rules.
“What the Americans claim is incorrect. They want to create a climate that justifies their illegal action,” he added.
The US military said in a statement earlier on Sunday that “preliminary results revealed the five detainees are connected to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard – Qods Force (IRGC-QF), an organisation known for providing funds, weapons, improvised explosive device technology and training to extremist groups attempting to destabilise the government of Iraq and attack coalition forces,
“Americans want to radicalise the atmosphere in Iraq to justify their occupation, but we will act wisely”
Mohammad Ali Hosseini, Iranian foreign ministry spokesman
“The multinational force, in keeping with US policy, will continue to disrupt logistical support to extremists that originate from outside Iraq,” the statement said.
The US has repeatedly accused Iran of interfering in neighbouring Iraq, including providing weapons and training to Shia armed groups.
The raid came after a warning by George Bush, the US president, that the United States would crack down on alleged Iranian meddling in Iraq, where US commanders accuse Tehran of inciting attacks against American targets.
Tehran vehemently denies the charges and blames US troops for the violence and for stoking tensions between Iraq‘s Shia and Sunni Muslims.
“Americans want to radicalise the atmosphere in Iraq to justify their occupation, but we will act wisely,” Hosseini said.
A new US strategy in Iraq has been received with skepticism in the Arab world.
Suleiman Awaad, the Egyptian presidential spokesman, told reporters on Saturday that Egypt wants “everybody to comprehend … that a national reconciliation is the necessary condition and obligation for this process to succeed”.