4/12/2012 4:15 PM

BAGHDAD / Aswat al-Iraq: Iraq resumed pumping oil via a pipeline through Turkey after ceasing it for one week as a result of the explosion inside the Turkish territories, the oil ministry's spokesperson said on Thursday.

"The pumping of oil was resumed at 12 PM on Thursday at the same rate after fixing the pipeline carrying oil from Kirkuk to Turkey's Ceyhan port which came under a sabotage act last week," Assem Jihad told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

Jihad had said an explosion hit the pipeline in Turkey at causing the halt of the pipeline.

A high-ranking official in Iraq's North Oil Company said the pipeline "was exposed to an act of sabotage."

The pipeline was hit by an explosion in early February inside Turkey, leading to a halt in exports, which resumed via an alternative pipeline.