India stands with U.S. against Iran's nuclear program

India has made significant progress in standing by the sanctions imposed by the international community against Iran, Under Secretary for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman said on Friday.

Sherman praised India for its leadership in enforcing sanctions against Iran, including reducing its importation of Iranian oil. Sherman said that India stands by the U.S. in the belief that Iran should not be allowed to acquire a nuclear weapon.

"India has really made tremendous progress in reducing the level of its importation of Iranian oil. India has long been a leader in non proliferation," Sherman said. "They have stood side by side with all of us in the international community to say that Iran should not acquire a nuclear weapon. We greatly appreciate all of the leadership that India has provided including their enforcement of sanctions... that decision will be made shortly and all of the data is certainly pointing in a positive direction."

Sherman made the statement as part of a visit to New Delhi. She also commented on India's role in the future development and security of Afghanistan after the country made bilateral investments and provided technical assistance in Afghanistan.

Sherman marveled at the breadth and depth of the relationship between the U.S. and India.

"We have been working at all levels through both of our governments on a number of projects dealing with global economics, global strategic security, energy, climate change, people to people [and] regional cooperation," Sherman said. "It is really extraordinary the depth and breadth of the India-U.S. relationship and we look forward to furthering that relationship through the strategic dialogue and the many things that we do together."