US opposes Pakistan gas pipeline to Iran

Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline

The U.S. government has threatened sanctions against Pakistan if that nation completes a pipeline bringing natural gas from Iran.  The Iranian section has been completed, and the schedule calls for Pakistan’s section to be completed by the end of 2014.

Notice that Pakistan shares a border with China.  The pipeline could be extended to give China direct access to Iran’s natural gas.   China is already Iran’s largest oil and gas customer and an opponent of U.S.-led economic sanctions against Iran.

Iran’s newly-elected President Hassan Ruhani has offered to make peace with the United States.   The U.S. government has said this is contingent on Iran abandoning its nuclear research program, which are for the stated purpose of  deterring Iran from developing nuclear weapons.

I think the Obama administration should take Ruhani up on his offer, rather than doubling down on sanctions.  The only way the problem of nuclear weapons proliferation will ever be solved for good is a comprehensive nuclear disarmament program and strong international inspections system.  Any country whose government feels threatened by a nuclear power will want its own nuclear weapons as a deterrent.

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Click on Washington Threatens Pakistan With Sanctions if It Continues with Iran Pipeline for background from OilPrice.com.  Hat tip to naked capitalism.

Click on Pipelineistan and the New Silk Road(s) by Pepe Escobar in Asia Times for the broader picture of the geopolitics of oil and gas pipelines in the heartland of Eurasia.

Click on The Syrian conflict and gas pipeline routes and The geography of pipelineistan for earlier posts of mine.

Click on Iran ready to talk if US shows ‘good will’, says new president for a report in The Guardian.

I should add a caution, to myself as well as to readers, that just because there is a map showing a proposed pipeline route doesn’t necessarily mean that the pipeline actually will be built.   Murphy’s Law applies, in this as in other things.

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2 Responses to “US opposes Pakistan gas pipeline to Iran”

  1. Is Pakistan’s Much-Needed Gas Pipeline a Pipe Dream? · Global Voices Says:

    […] to the pipeline for Pakistan has been international sanctions against Iran. The US especially has warned Pakistan to back down on the project and advised the country to utilize Central Asian routes […]

  2. ¿Se convertirá en humo el necesario gasoducto de Pakistán? | SesiónDeControl.com Says:

    […] del gasoducto han sido las sanciones internacionales contra Irán. E.E.U.U., en especial, le ha advertido a Pakistán que debe retirarse del proyecto y que en su lugar emplee rutas que pasen por Asia […]

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