US warns Iran about meddling with its Caspian interests

Iran should stop trying to pressure its oil-rich Caspian neighbors to follow an agenda not supported by US political or commercial interests, a top US official told government and industry officials at a US-Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce meeting Mar. 7."We will not stand idly by and watch them pressure their neighbors," said Deputy Sec. of State Richard Armitage, who prior to his return to government service was a past cochairman of the chamber. "Everyone must understand this."The five nations with Caspian coastlines (Russia, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, and Iran) have not fully resolved ownership of the mineral rights to the seabed or demarcation of surface waters. Russia, Azerb...

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