The US has declined to speculate on a report about India significantly expanding a covert nuclear facility, but asserted that nothing provided to India under their nuclear deal can be used to enhance its military capability.
The relationship with India is strong and enduring, the US said today and expressed hope that it would continue to grow in the future, downplaying the Twitter rank order of Prime Minister-elect Narendra Modi while responding to congratulatory messages from around the world.
The United States today called on both Israel and the Palestinians to show restraint as Israelis tightened their grip on the West Bank hunting for three kidnapped teenagers.
"We recognize this is an incredibly sensitive and difficult circumstance on the ground, and we feel all sides should exercise restraint," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters.
After 25 Shia pilgrims were killed by terrorists in Balochistan, the US has severely condemned the tragic incident and has asked Pakistan to take steps to protect the lives of its religious minorities.
The US has acknowledged that the recent leaks related to the Internet and phone surveillance of foreign leaders have posed a moment of "tension" with some of its allies but said the country will continue to gather information it needs to keep itself and its partners safe.
The US on Thursday ruled out comment on the Abbottabad Commission report of Pakistan, which was established in the aftermath of the killing of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, observing that this is "unverified".