US warns Pakistan against Iran gas pipeline deal

ISLAMABAD — The US warned Pakistan that a recently signed gas pipeline deal with Iran could run afoul of new sanctions being finalized in Congress, the US special envoy to Pakistan  and Afghanistan said Sunday.
Richard Holbrooke delivered the message during a visit to Pakistan, his first since Iran inked a contract earlier this month to export 21.5 million cubic meters (760 million cubic feet) of gas per day to Pakistan beginning in 2014.
"We cautioned the Pakistanis to try to see what the [congressional] legislation is before deciding how to proceed because it would be a disaster if ... we had a situation develop where an agreement was reached which then triggered something under the law," Holbrooke said.