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Iran confiscates over 90% of world opium each year

Alexander Fedulov, UNODC's representative in Tehran (Photo by IRNA)

Ghanbar Naderi
Press TV, Tehran

With confiscating over 90 percent of opium each year, Iran continues to hold the top position in the global fight against drugs. That’s according to the Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in Tehran. Addressing a meeting to mark the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, he said Tehran is the UN’s top partner in the battle against drug trafficking.

Also addressing the gathering, Eskandar Momeni, the Director of Iran’s Headquarters for Fight against Narcotic Drugs said, Tehran has continued to lead the fight against drug trafficking, despite illegal and unilateral sanctions imposed by the United States. He said the US and other Western countries disrupt Iran’s drug control efforts by politicizing the issue. 

At the end of the meeting, 90 tons of illicit drugs were destroyed in Zahedan and Kerman. The Executive Director also expressed willingness to strengthen the UNODC’s cooperation with Iran to continue supporting the ongoing process of implementation of UN Conventions.

Under the UN Charter, the international day against drug abuse and illicit trafficking comes to symbolize firm action and boost cooperation worldwide to achieve the goal of having an international community free from substance abuse.

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