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Journal of Addiction Research

FM Zarif: US Undermining Iran’s Role in Fighting Drug Trafficking

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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif warned on Monday that the US unilateral sanctions and economic war against his country is crippling Tehran’s capabilities in fighting drug trafficking from Afghanistan to Europe, and blamed Washington and its Western allies for the consequences of anti-Iran moves.


The US unilateral sanctions and economic war against the Iranian nation is impeding the country’s international cooperation particularly the international campaign against drug trafficking, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said today, addressing a conference in Tehran on the occasion of the International Day on Fighting Drug Trafficking and Abuse of Illicit Drugs.

He said that the US and some other Western countries are responsible for the consequences of hampering the fight against drug trafficking.

As confirmed by the United Nations, Iran is today the flag-bearer of the fight against drug trafficking, Zarif said, adding, “Martyrdom of more than 8,800 policemen with over 12,000 others being left disabled are the heavy cost Iran paid for.”

Because of its geographical situation on neighborhood of the world’s biggest producer of traditional drugs, Iran anti-narcotic measures are not merely restricted to its borders and have, rather, regional and international effects, the foreign minister said.

Iran accounts for 80% of the opium being seized in the world, Zarif said, putting the amount of opium seized by the Iranian forces 800 tons last year.

He criticized certain governments for opposing the goal of "a world free of narcotic drugs".

“Ignoring the measures taken by supporters of free drug trafficking by raising the human rights issue, Iran works to promote public health by monitoring the corridors,” the minister said.

Iran is in the forefront of the fight against drug trafficking and thousands of Iranian police forces have been so far martyred to protect the world from the danger of drugs.

The Iranian anti-narcotic police always stage periodic operations against drug traffickers and dealers, but the latest reports - which among others indicate an improved and systematic dissemination of information - reveal that the world's most forefront and dedicated anti-narcotic force (as UN drug-campaign assessments put it) has embarked on a long-term countrywide plan to crack down on the drug trade since several years ago.

The Iranian police officials maintain that drug production in Afghanistan has undergone a 40-fold increase since the US-led invasion of the country in 2001.

Afghan and western officials blame Washington and the NATO for the change, saying that allies have "overlooked" the drug problem since invading the country nearly 18 years ago.


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