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Iran Says Natural Gas Exports to Turkey Halted Following Pipeline Explosion

Iran Says Natural Gas Exports to Turkey Halted Following Pipeline Explosion

Tuesday, 31 March, 2020 - 11:30
Turkish gas pipelines. Reuters
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Iran said on Tuesday its natural gas exports to Turkey have stopped after an attack on a pipeline inside the neighbouring country, an Iranian official told state TV.


“This morning, terrorists attacked a natural gas pipeline inside Turkey near Iran’s Bazargan border with Turkey ...Flow of gas has been halted,” said Mehdi Jamshidi-Dana, director of National Iranian Gas Co.


“The pipeline has exploded several times in the past. It is also likely that the PKK group has carried out the blast,” he told Iran’s state news agency IRNA, referring to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party.


The pipeline, which carries around 10 billion cubic meters of Iranian gas to Turkey annually, frequently came under attack by Kurdish militants during the 1990s and up until 2013, when a ceasefire was established, Reuters reported.


Jamshidi said that because of the new coronavirus outbreak, “the Turkish border guards have left, but we have informed them of the explosion and are waiting for their response”, IRNA reported.


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