More blasts in Iran; pipeline deal signed

More explosions are reported in Iran this morning, this time in the southeastern city of Zahedan, near the border with Afghanistan and Pakistan. The three blasts took no lives, but injured two people and caused property damage. Authorities were unclear on a link to the June 12 blasts in Ahvaz and Tehran, noting the presence of drug-smuggling networks in the Zahedan area. (AP, June 14)

In another case of eerie timing, the terror comes just as Iran and India signed a long-pending natural gas deal June 13. Under the $20 billion deal, Iran is to supply India with 5 million tons of liquified natural gas annually through a pipeline to be built across Pakistan. (AP, June 14) As we have noted, the US of course opposes this deal, and has pressured India to reject it.

See our last post on the terror wave in Iran.