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India should explain its ties with Iran: US

"I'm sure India can explain it better than we can what their relationships are and are not..." says Boucher.

world Updated: Sep 19, 2007 12:30 IST

Amid apprehensions expressed by some senior US lawmakers on India's military ties with Iran, the Bush administration has said some of the fears are "exaggerated" but the onus is on New Delhi to explain its relationship with Tehran.



"The Indian government is very well aware of the concerns of India's military relationship with Iran.What we are trying to do is for everybody to understand the facts of the matter," Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia Richard Boucher said at a meeting organised by the United States India Business Alliance in Washington.



Asked to comment on an apprehensions expressed by senior lawmakers on India's military relations with Iran, he said, "I think that some of the fears are exaggerated. Some of the training it turns out to be cadet level;some of the exchanges don't lead to a lot...".



"But I think it's more on the Indian side to try to explain exactly what is and what is not going on in its relations with Iran, as we are upfront in our relations with other countries, with India," Boucher said.



"I'm sure India can explain it better than we can what their relationships are and are not..." he said adding that New Delhi had made it clear that it is not interested in seeing the emergence of another nuclear power in that neighbourhood.