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No difference with India over Iran: Clinton

india Updated: Jul 21, 2009 13:08 IST

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US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Monday said there was no difference between India and the US on the Iranian nuclear issue and that Washington would be consulting India on evolving global consensus on Tehran.

"There is no difference between our positions. They have exactly the same position as we do," Clinton told reporters at a joint press conference with External Affairs Minister SM Krishna.

"Our policy is the same. Neither of us want to see Iran acquire nuclear weapons," she said. Clinton stressed that the US is keen to know India's perspective on Iran's nuclear weapons programme and sought New Delhi's advice.

"In the discussions today and to come in future, we will be exploring with India their approach and perspectives towards Iran and any advice that they can contribute to an international consensus about the dangers posed to global stability if Iran were to become a nuclear weapons power," Clinton said.

Clinton's remarks may embarrass the Indian government that does not want to be seen too close to the US on sensitive issues like Iran.

The US has opposed the India-Pakistan-Iran gas pipeline and views with suspicion New Delhi's ties with Tehran.