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March 7, 2006 -- The U.S. government said on March 7 that it still opposes a proposed natural-gas pipeline linking energy-rich Iran with India.
India and Iran have been discussing a $7 billion natural-gas pipeline that would run through Pakistan.
White House National Security Council spokesman Frederick Jones said that the United States recognizes the growing energy needs of India and Pakistan, but has repeatedly expressed concerns about international participation in energy projects with Iran.
Jones said Washington's concerns are over "Iran's nuclear activities, [its] support for terrorists, and [its] atrocious human rights record."