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Iran and Pakistan inaugurate gas pipeline

Mar 11, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, left, celebrates the inauguration of the Pakistan-Iran Gas Pipeline Project with his Pakistani counterpart Asif Ali Zardari in Chahbahar near the Pakistani border in Iran on Monday, March 11, 2013.
(AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)

The leaders of Pakistan and Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Asif Ali Zardari, officially launched the construction of a $7.5 billion natural gas pipeline, at an event held in the Iranian border city of Chabahar. The pipeline is intended to supply energy-starved Pakistan, a country that is facing increased blackouts and energy shortages. The U.S. has warned that the project could incur sanctions connected with Iran's nuclear program as well as possible economic sanctions on Pakistan.