U.S. leads Pakistan to Iranâ€™s ultimatum The Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project â€œMirâ€ with the resumption to India has created a noisy scandal. Teheran issued an ultimatum to Islamabad, says Pakistani daily Express. The time allowed for the completion of the construction of the gas pipeline by Pakistan ran out in December 2014. Now, the Pakistani government must pay a heavy penalty for failing to implement the project, $3 million per day. The decision is not subject to revision, managing director of National Iranian Gas Company Hamid Reza Araqi said. Teheran and Islamabad were ready to launch the construction of the pipeline in 2010. Meanwhile, the U.S., Saudi Arabia and Israel put huge pressure on Pakistan. Washington promised Islamabad to give economic assistance if it refuses the project in favour of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline. Washington proceeded from the fact that the American presence in Afghanistan would assure control over this gas pipeline. Pakistan has long resisted. The question was solved in January 2013 when the U.S. threatened to impose economic sanctions if it goes ahead with the project. As a result, the initiative died although Iran built its 700-km-long pipeline to the border with Pakistan. Moreover, the U.S. imposed sanctions on Iran linking them to its nuclear programme. Iranian ultimatum, in fact, buries the entire project, says director of the National Energy Security Fund Konstantin Simonov. â€œThe gas pipeline is held up by Pakistanâ€™s position, which is determined by the U.S. point of view on Iran and Pakistanâ€™s point of view on cooperation with India. Such complicated projects are always linked to quite serious and political risks. The fact, that Pakistan does not fulfill its commitments due to the U.S. is understandable to Iran. Simply, Iran was banned and has been forced to grasp any gas pipeline project. Iran itself cannot implement the project, while western companies are not in a hurry to make investments because sanctions still remain in force. In short, uncertainty remains,â€ Simonov said. The Mir gas pipeline project is a geopolitical problem, says director of the Energy Development Fund Sergei Pikin. â€œThe situation here is more complicated than simply the containment of Iran on the global energy market and its movement towards India and China. Most likely, Pakistan and Iran are isolated story. As a whole, this shows the U.S. policy of the containment of the development of the entire region. Depending on the loyalty to the U.S., these countries are being moved to the fore and receive support for their development. Other countries will become hostages or are being restricted in their development or come under sanctions like Iran,â€ Pikin said. In this case, even Pakistan, close ally of the U.S. in South Asia, has become a hostage of the American policy. Having a gas-rich neighbour, as Iran, it cannot even partially satisfy its energy hunger. In fact, Pakistan is most likely, not a hostage but the bargaining chip of Washington which is interested in creating an arc of instability around China. The U.S. role in the failure of the Mir pipeline project is an example of â€œmanaged chaosâ€ in Pakistan. This is aimed at directly hitting at China, Pakistanâ€™s strategic partner in South Asia, and weakening Chinaâ€™s position in the region. The interest of Beijing, Islamabad officially invited China to join the Mir pipeline project if New Delhi refuses, also prompted the U.S. to support the TAPI pipeline project in the peak of the Iran-Pakistan-India project. The Mir pipeline was planned to pass near Gwadar Port which is practically controlled by China. This would have significantly strengthened Chinaâ€™s position in the region. In fact, the North-East economic and energy corridor is being planned to lay from Gwadar to link it with the Middle East. The U.S. has done its best to contain one way or the other Chinaâ€™s geopolitical ambitions. U.S. leads Pakistan to Iranâ€™s ultimatum - News - Politics - Russian Radio ============== Shape of things to come: 1) The fuel for energy rich middle east and the energy starved south asia and east asia will be under the "managed chaos" of Umrica. 2) Pakistan is like an impotent with a beautiful blonde with 36D (Read : Iran) lying next to it also Umrica wants Pakistan to practice political chastity when it comes to oil policies. 3) So far Indian Dipomacy on the TAPI is working. With Rosneft joining in ... its a good win. Now that we can see Russia exerting its diplomatic presence in Afghan..Nice move..uha uha.i laike it.. 4) An Ode to China!! Nearer, Pak Mir, to Thee, nearer to Thee! Eâ€™en though it wont cross to raiseth thee, Still all thee song shall be, nearer, thy Mir, to Thee. Though like the wanderer, the sun gone down, Darkness be over thee , thee rest a stone; === @Ray, @pmaitra, @roma, @Srinivas_K @Free Karma @Razor, @all others The US position on WoT, underlines the fact that they will be able to control all the major oil deals happening between countries in the region. Taking the current warming up of India towards USA IMO, its a strategic advantage taking into consideration the US control in middle east but India has to find alternate means to link with Russia for its oil needs also make progressive strides towards alternate means.