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‘Iran, harbinger of war on narcotics’

Posted by alfied on June 27, 2008

Press TV

A high-profile Iranian official has blamed world powers for masterminding the proliferation, stockpiling and processing of narcotics.

In a live statement aired on Iranian state-run TV, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad pointed to Afghanistan as an instance of falling victim to the plight of illicit drugs.

“Since the invasion by the world powers of Afghanistan, drug production has multiplied in the country,” said the President without directly mentioning the United States and its NATO allies as the main cause of the imbroglio.

Ahmadinejad made the remark on the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.

The Iranian President said certain powers seek to annihilate the human generation and plan to undermine its dignity and identity.

“In some areas, they resort to various methods to subjugate nations, such as impeding their progress, fueling wars, spreading poverty and flaring feuds and factionalism,” he said. “In some other areas, they trample upon human dignity by spreading bad habits, mistreatment and obscenity,” he continued in his video message.

Ahmadinejad said Iran is a pioneer in the fight against drug trafficking and is resolved to continue the struggle, but added that in order to end the drug rings the country will need to win international support.

“World bodies including the UN Security Council and its affiliates should converge in the fight against such a critical issue, which targets many lives annually, disbands families and incurs social damage,” the President said.

Taking a new jab at those who claim to stand against drug traffickers, the President added that it is “high time for ending their open and secret relations and this is both an advice and an alert.”

Bordering the world’s largest narcotics producer, Iran has intensified its combat against drug lords over the past three decades.

Over 3,000 Iranian narcotics police and security forces have been killed in clashes with traffickers, mainly in Iran’s southeast Kerman and Sistan-Baluchistan provinces.

MRD/MR/DT

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