On her visit to New Delhi to discuss terrorism, trade and relations between the USA and India, US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton warned India over its current policy of buying oil from sanction hit Iran.
However Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehman-Parast told reporters in his weekly press conference on Tuesday that "the visit will, God willing, fail (to reach results)".
"Americans are trying hard to exert pressures on countries in a bid to threaten the interests of our nation and the regional countries," Mehman-Parast.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton asked India to restrict its trade and energy ties with Tehran but External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna said, “I conveyed our vital stakes in peace and stability in the Persian Gulf and wider West Asian region, given the six million Indians who live there and the region’s importance to our economy.”
Mehman-Parast added that Nicolas Sarkozy's recent failure in the French presidential elections due to his 'wrong policies' should be a warning for the US in the election year. "What happened in France can be a lesson for the US officials to teach them respect for instead of undermining the nations' rights."
Mrs Clinton said that the United States is working with India to secure alternative sources of crude supply to Iran.
FARS reported that Indian and Iranian traders held talks on Monday to boost trade between the two countries on the same day Mrs Clinton arrived in India to persuade the country to comply with Washington's extraterritorial laws against Iran. Tehran signaled its interest in purchasing an estimated Rs.25,000-30,000-crore worth of Indian goods every year by having a former Cabinet Minister to head the delegation.
The United States is pushing India to cut back its imports of crude oil from Iran, and has warned that Indian banks could be cut off from its financial system in June unless significant progress is made. Indian industrialists told the Hindu "if we don't utilize this opportunity, others will, because the second round of talks on the nuclear issue takes place later this month and if they are successful, others will come in."