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US careful in commenting on pipeline

March 09, 2013

Victoria Nuland—Reuters Photo
State Department Spokeswoman Victoria Nuland—Reuters Photo

WASHINGTON: The US State Department on Friday declined to comment on media reports that Pakistan would finalise a deal to export gas from Iran despite America’s strong opposition.

“I spoke about it quite extensively yesterday. I don’t think I have anything further since yesterday,” State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland told reporters when asked to comment on news reports.

“Just to be absolutely clear again, if this deal is finalised for a proposed Iran-Pakistan pipeline, it would raise serious concerns under our Iran Sanctions Act,” Ms Nuland had said on Thursday.

“We’ve made that absolutely clear to our Pakistani counterparts. And just to say again that Iran has proven again and again that it is not a reliable partner,” she said.

Ms Nuland said developing other sources of energy was the right direction for Pakistan.