Tehran (IP) – Iran’s oil minister, on Wednesday, said that Islamabad has expressed an interest in completing the much-delayed Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project.

Iran PressIran news: The Iranian Oil Minister, Javad Owji told reporters he and a Pakistani official signed a contract 10 years ago but Islamabad refused to continue its cooperation in the project due to concerns about the U.S. sanctions on Iran.

Iran’s administration has held talks with Pakistan, said Owji, reiterating the neighboring country is now willing to revive the international gas project.

“We are ready to make proper decisions immediately after the start of Pakistan’s executive operations at the zero point of border,” he underlined.

The Iran Gas Trunkline VII (IGAT-7) extending from Assaluyeh to Iranshahr and Chabahar in the southern part of the country has been selected for exporting gas to Pakistan, mentioned the top official, explaining it is a 56-inch pipeline, which transmits 120 million cubic meters of gas per day to the provinces along its direction and also exports a certain volume to Pakistan.

Regarding the recent sabotage incident in the pipelines, Owji also said the Israeli regime was behind the sabotage attacks on two gas transmission pipelines last week.

The minister added the Israeli conspiracy was thwarted in a unique operation in the mountainous and hard-to-reach areas in the shortest time possible so that there was no gas outage in any part of the country.

"The enemy intended to disrupt the household sector’s gas supplies in large provinces but failed as the Iranian technicians were fully prepared,” said Owji, continuing, “The enemy’s wicked act and plot was properly dealt with and the pipelines were repaired within two hours.”

Two explosions struck the gas transmission pipelines at around 1 a.m. local time on Wednesday (2130 GMT), hitting the lines in Borujen, western province of Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari, and Safa-Shahr, southern province of Fars. 219

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