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US says Pak-Iran gas pipeline will violate financial deal restrictions on Tehran

Islamabad , Wed, 04 Jan 2012 ANI

Islamabad, Jan 4 (ANI): The United States said has said that a gas pipeline project, which Pakistan was negotiating with Iran could violate US restrictions on major financial deals with Tehran.


On Dec 27 Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari said his nation would go ahead with the gas pipeline deal with Iran despite US reservations.


But the law US President Barack signed on Saturday forbids dealing with central Iranian banks.


When the question over Pak-Iran gas pipeline deal was raised at the State Department briefing, spokesperson Victoria Nuland said it was a cause of concern for the US as well, The Dawn reports.


"We've made absolutely clear over many months now our concern about this deal and we will continue to talk to Pakistan about it," Nuland said.


"Were it to go forward, how it might be impacted, again, this is the kind of conversation that we have to have with Pakistan and that we're starting to have now," she added.


According to the report, Nuland also indirectly confirmed a recent statement by a Pakistani official that Islamabad had not received anything from the coalition support fund since June 2010 and only 400 million dollars from the Kerry-Lugar-Berman bill were received during 2011.


"You do know that some of the money on the military-to-military side, it was difficult to spend because some of those programmes had been suspended and because of the state of the relationship in counter-terrorism cooperation," the paper quoted her, as saying. (ANI)


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