Washington: United States is consulting closely with India and other countries including China on the issue of Iran, a senior State Department official has said.
"Obviously, you know, we’re consulting very closely with the government of India. You know, this is a process by which we’re working with our partners around the globe, all in the same cause, which is putting increased pressure on Iran to come clean and to address international concerns about its nuclear program," the State Department spokesman Mark Toner told reporters at his daily news conference Thursday.
The United States he said has provided "India a waiver", under the Iranian sanctions act, as New Delhi reduced its dependence on Iranian crude.
"That waiver I think still remains in effect," he said.
"We are well aware in our strategic dialogue with India of India’s very real concerns about energy and, you know, we’re obviously working with them to address those concerns," he said in response to a question.
Similar consultations are ongoing with China too, he said.
"China, a member of the P-5 plus one group, we’re all committed to seeing Iran address international concerns about its nuclear program, and so we’re working with them to that end," Toner said.
"Goal of these actions or sanctions are to increase pressure on Iran.
"It is an ongoing conversation we’re having with China, with India, other global partners on how to cut off dependence on Iranian crude, look at other energy sources that can fill their needs and put pressure on Iran," he added.