PAKISTAN TURNING TO IRAN?
Nuclear-Armed State Seeks Gas Pipeline from Neighbor
By Harold Hutchison
In a potentially frightening development, Pakistan has held talks with Iran to discuss building a $1.5 billion gas pipleline. The talks come despite efforts to isolate Iran over its efforts to acquire nuclear weapons.
The Iranian President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has in the past engaged in Holocaust denial as well as calling for Israel to be wiped off the map. Pakistan, which joined the “nuclear club” in 1998 with a series of nuclear weapons tests, is estimated to have over a hundred nuclear weapons.
"We have made it clear to all of our interlocutors around the world that it is in their interests to avoid activities that may be prohibited by U.N. sanctions or sanctionable under U.S. law," U.S. Embassy spokesperson Rian Harris said.
Pakistan and Iran have also signed a deal to strengthen border security on the shared border between the two countries.