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US questions India-Iran port deal
?Respects Pakistan?s sovereignty?
Published :Thursday, 26 May, 2016,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 13
WASHINGTON, May 25 : US senators on Tuesday questioned whether India's development of Iran's Chabahar port for trade access risked violating international sanctions, and a State Department official assured them the administration would closely examine the project.
"We have been very clear with the Indians (about) continuing restrictions on activities with respect to Iran," Nisha Desai Biswal, Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs, said on Tuesday.
"We have to examine the details of the Chabahar announcement to see where it falls in that place," she testified to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Meanwhile, the United States has assured Pakistan that it respects the country's territorial integrity and while doing so also avoided identifying the area where a US drone killed Taliban leader Mullah Mansour.
"This was a strike directed against this individual, Mansour, in the Afghan-Pakistan border region. We certainly do respect Pakistan's territorial integrity," a US State Department spokesman, Mark Toner, told a briefing in Washington.
"But as we've said before, we will carry out strikes to remove terrorists who are actively pursuing and planning and directing attacks against US forces."
Toner said that while the strike reiterated the US determination to eliminate any threat to its troops, it also reflected a political motive to influence the absence of peace talks.

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