The U.S. ambassador to New Delhi has expressed regret for his remarks that a landmark nuclear deal could fall apart if India votes against sending Iran to the United Nations Security Council for sanctions.
In a statement Thursday, Ambassador David Mulford expressed his sincere regrets, but said his remarks had been taken out of context.
In Washington, the State Department distanced itself from Mulford's comments, saying he was expressing his own opinion.
Also Thursday, India's Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran summoned Ambassador Mulford to tell him that his remarks were inappropriate and not conductive to building a strong partnership between the two countries.
The landmark agreement calls for the U.S. to share civilian nuclear technology with India and allow the supply of nuclear fuel to New Delhi. In return, India is to separate its civilian and military nuclear programs and allow international inspection of its civilian facilities. Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.