TEHRAN, Jan. 15 (Mehr News Agency) -- The reason that Turkmenistan has cut gas supplies to Iran is that it wants to double the gas price from 7 cents to 14 cents per cubic meter, Majlis Energy Committee Chairman Kamal Daneshyar said in Tehran on Tuesday.
Turkmenistan halted daily deliveries of up to 23 million cubic meters of gas to Iran last month in the midst of cold weather, citing technical problems and claiming that Tehran's failure to meet some payments was delaying pipeline repairs.
However, Iran has said it has been up to date with gas payments to Turkmenistan.
Daneshyar told reporters that pressure from the United States could have been effective but Turkmenistan's major pretext for cutting gas has been technical problems.
The increase in international oil price might influence gas price, however, Turkmenistan's action is not justified, he stated.
The MP said Iran will take the case to the International Court of Justice.
Government Spokesman Gholam-Hossein Elham also told a weekly press briefing on Tuesday that the issue is not about delayed payments, but Ashgabat has new claims about gas price.
"Oil and foreign ministries are studying those technical issues," Elham said.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad-Ali Hosseini said on Monday that Turkmenistan's delay to resume gas supplies to Iran runs counter to the bilateral agreement and good neighborliness.
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