On being asked by an American reporter to respond to Trump's comments in the aftermath of the California shooting, Parrikar said the question has the "potential of a nuclear bomb" but did not give a clear response to what he thought of the remarks.

"In India, we have equal rights for everyone, and we don't look towards communities with suspicion. Those who are radicalised is a different issue. We tackle them separately, but that is - those were terrorists," Parrikar said in response to a question.

On Tuesday, the controversial business tycoon, Trump, called for "a total and complete shutdown" of Muslims entering the US in the aftermath of the California massacre, in his most divisive remarks yet that drew widespread global condemnation including from his party's rival candidates and the White House.

Parrikar, the first Indian Defence Minister to have addressed the Pentagon correspondents, earlier held talks with his American counterpart Ashton Carter on key defence and regional and global security issues.

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