New Delhi: The US has denied allegations of bullying India to cut oil imports from Iran.
Speaking exclusively to CNN-IBN's Suhasini Haider, US Ambassador Nancy Powell said one of their diplomats had been misquoted on the issue.
Following is an excerpt of the interview:
Suhasini Haider: India still faces financial sanctions from the US on the subject of Iran. India has month cut its oil imports by 34 per cent. A year on year assessment is about 40 per cent. Many asking the question what will it take. How much more before the US is satisfied?
Nancy Powell: What the legislation calls for is a significant cut. We've seen other countries in Europe, Japan that are making cuts that are significant.
Suhasini Haider: Many now accusing US of bullying India to cut its relation with Iran.
Nancy Powell: I do not see this as bullying.