An Afghan man harvests opium sap from the bulb of the plants in Nangarhar province. (File photo)
Iran's First Vice President Mohammad Reza Rahimi says the international narcotics business is a Zionist-sponsored agenda aimed at wreaking havoc on the human societies across the globe.
“The Zionists play a key role in the production and distribution of narcotics across the globe, because destroying human societies and exploiting their virtues are among the objectives of the Zionists,” Rahimi said at a conference commemorating the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking in the Iranian capital of Tehran on Thursday.
Numerous studies have attested to the fact that the Zionists regard themselves as the master race and they view the other races as their slaves that must be used for achieving the Zionist objectives, he said.
While the Zionists utilize the narcotics to devastate other societies, they safeguard their own society against such drugs, he pointed out.
The Iranian vice president expressed Tehran’s preparedness to sponsor an international investigation into the role of the Zionist entities in the production and distribution of narcotics across the world.
Rahimi lashed out at the West for its inaction on the 60-percent rise in the production of opium in Afghanistan over the recent years, stressing that the surge has occurred despite the intensification of the West’s high-tech military surveillance in the war-ravaged country.
According to the reports, between 2001 and 2011, annual opium production has risen from 185 tons to 5,800 tons. Last year alone, it increased by 61 percent.
With a 900-kilometer (560-mile) common border with Afghanistan, Iran has been used as the main conduit for smuggling Afghan drugs to narcotics kingpins in Europe.
Iran has spent more than USD 700 million to seal the porous borders and prevent the transit of narcotics destined for the European, Arab and Central Asian countries.
The war on drug trade originating from Afghanistan has claimed the lives of nearly 3,700 Iranian police officers over the past 30 years.