Thursday claims of a rapprochement and a return to “full partnership” between the US and Pakistan may have been premature, it seems, as following Secretary of State John Kerry’s departure, it was admitted that the US had threatened Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
During the visit Kerry was presented with a “non-paper” reiterating Pakistan’s standpoint that they need to complete the IP pipeline for natural gas from Iran to get a handle on the nation’s crippling energy shortage. Sharif reported today that he was threatened with US sanctions if he dared to allow the pipeline’s completion.
The US has repeatedly threatened Pakistan with sanctions over the IP pipeline, and insisted that if Pakistan agreed to scrap the idea the US would help with their energy shortage.
The pipeline has been under consideration for decades, and the US energy aid never seems to get delivered, though every time officials become resigned to having to revisit the IP pipeline, the US is remarkably quick with new threats.
2 thoughts on “PM: US Threatened Pakistan Over Iran Gas Pipeline”
the neocons have got themselves in another bind…
that iran gas, including turkmenistan gas piped through iran, was supposed to go to europe once a neocon puppet was installed in iran… the pipeline was named "nabucco" after a verdi opera about jews being persecuted… the most popular tune from the opera is "chorus of the hebrew slaves"…
cry me a river
so nabucco goes tits up, then iran signs the pipeline deal with pakistan, with possibilities of a pipeline extension through pakistan to china, or possibilites of a chnese tanker terminal at gwardar…
the whole thing adds upwith iranian gas going in exactly the wrong direction… which is kind of a big deal because iran has lots of gas, and so does turkmenistan
one catastrophe after another… but what can you expect when we're following neocon/israeli strategy?
What ever happened to free trade in a globalized community, pushed down the throats of the world by the US? Is there anything the US believes in anymore? Anything?
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