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UPDATED: 09:53, June 16, 2007
U.S. renews opposition against Iran gas pipeline
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The United States on Friday renewed opposition to the multi-billion Iran-Pakistan-India (IPI) gas pipeline project and said the U.S laws will deal with countries which will invest in Iran.

"We've expressed our reservations about the project," Assistant Secretary of State Richard Boucher, who kicked off his Pakistan visit on June 12, told TV channels in Pakistani capital of Islamabad.

Referring to laws in the United States about investment in Iran, he said that Washington will deal with countries which will enter into commercial deals.

"There are U.S. regulations that determine how we can cooperate with countries that invest in Iran," Boucher said. "We wouldn't want someone to go into a deal and find out there are consequences for the United States that they hadn't anticipated."

Repeating his old stand, he said the United States recognizes importance of energy supply for Pakistan, saying it has been working with Pakistan in a variety of ways.

"We've been working now to promote the electricity supply from Central Asia and really there's going to be electricity coming down here from Central Asia in a few years," Boucher said.

"We've been going to all the meetings, we've been promoting feasibility studies," he said, adding companies are now expressing interest in building the power lines.

"we've tried to help Pakistan deal with its energy problems and develop new energy sources," he said.

Source: Xinhua

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