Last Update: Friday, January 27, 2006. 9:33am (AEDT)
The US Ambassador to India has been carpeted over comments that India's nuclear deal with his country could be in jeopardy if India does not back international action against Iran.
In an interview with the press trust of India, America's ambassador to India David Mulford, made it very clear that the US Congress was unlikely to tolerate an Indian refusal to vote against Iran at a meeting of the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) next month.
He suggested the cost could be a landmark civilian nuclear technology sharing deal, signed by President George Bush and India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh last July.
The deal effectively marked the beginning fo a new relationship between the world's most powerful and most populous democracies.
It means India will be the only country getting advanced nuclear technology from the US, even though it conducted nuclear tests and refused to sign the nuclear non-proliferation treaty.
Mr Mulford has since expressed his sincere regret for the comments, which he says were taken out of context.