The United States says it's working with India on ways New Delhi
could pay off arrears to Iran for its oil purchases without
"We are working with the Indians to resolve the situation, and
there are, we believe, options available that will help them do
that that would not trigger sanctions," State Department spokesman
told reporters Friday when asked about a reported deal on the
issue between India and a bank in Turkey.
Declining further comment, he said US "Treasury, I believe, is
focused on" the issue.
Asked if the US would oppose India paying off Iran through the
Turkish bank, Toner said: "Again, I don't want to get into the
details. I'm just saying we're discussing options with India that
will help resolve it."
Asked if the issue was discussed during Secretary of State Hillary
Clinton's recent visit to India, he said: "I wasn't privy to her
discussions there. I wasn't on the trip, so I don't know. I can't
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