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Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline a bad idea: US

The proposed multi-billion gas pipeline between Iran and Pakistan is a bad idea, a top US official on Saturday said, a day after Islamabad vowed to progress on the ambitious project whose final destination is expected to be India, but New Delhi so far has remain out of it.

world Updated: Feb 18, 2012 09:53 IST

The proposed multi-billion gas pipeline between Iran and Pakistan is a bad idea, a top US official on Saturday said, a day after Islamabad vowed to progress on the ambitious project whose final destination is expected to be India, but New Delhi so far has remain out of it.



"We've seen this discussion about this proposed pipeline go on for a long time, and there have been many fits and starts. We think it's a bad idea; we've made that clear," State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland told reporters.


The United States, she said, will not speculate where this project is headed to.

"I'm not going to speculate where this is going to go," she said.

"If in fact the pipeline does go forward, and there've been a lot of false starts and backing and forthing on that, we have issues of concern and we've been very clear about those with the Government of Pakistan," Nuland said in response to a question.

The Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline aims to export a daily amount of 21.5 million cubic meters (or 8.7 billion cubic meters per year) of the Iranian natural gas to Pakistan.

Maximum daily gas transfer capacity of the 56-inch pipeline which runs over 900 km of Iran's soil from Asalouyeh in Bushehr Province to the city of Iranshahr in Sistan and Balochistan Province has been given at 110 million cubic meters. Iran has already constructed more than 900 kilometers of the pipeline on its soil.

Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari on Friday said that his country's ties with Iran will not be "undermined" by any international pressure and Islamabad is determined to forge ahead with projects with Tehran, including the gas pipeline.