West­ern sanc­tions ham­per Iran’s fight against drug traf­fick­ing: Po­lice com­man­der

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The bru­tal sanc­tions im­posed by West­ern coun­tries on the Is­lamic Repub­lic have stymied Iran’s ca­pac­ity to fight drug traf­fick­ing by depriv­ing it of the nec­es­sary equip­ment, said a se­nior Ira­nian po­lice of­fi­cial.

In an ex­clu­sive in­ter­view with Press TV on Sun­day, Colonel Ma­jid Karimi, who heads the Iran Drug Con­trol Head­quar­ters, said, “Bru­tal sanc­tions against Iran have made fight­ing drug traf­fick­ing dif­fi­cult.”

“We need ad­vanced equip­ment to fight drugs smug­gling, but the sanc­tions have caused us prob­lems for ac­quir­ing those equip­ment.”

Ad­dress­ing coun­tries that have im­posed sanc­tions on Iran, Karimi said those states must come to the un­der­stand­ing that “our fight is not just for our coun­try, but it also ben­e­fits other coun­tries, es­pe­cially West­ern coun­tries, es­pe­cially the coun­tries in Europe.”

1“We dis­cover an av­er­age 2.5 tons of drugs per day in our coun­try and stop them from reach­ing other mar­kets,” the top-rank­ing po­lice of­fi­cial said, warn­ing of the con­se­quences if Iran stopped fight­ing drug tran­sit through its soil even for a month.

“We have tried to turn the threat of sanc­tions into an op­por­tu­nity. There­fore, we have turned to our own do­mes­tic sci­ence-based com­pa­nies and we are now us­ing the ca­pac­ity of our sci­en­tists in Iran to pro­duce nec­es­sary equip­ment inside the coun­try.”

Karimi said, “I tell the de­vel­oped coun­tries that they must play a role in this fight and help us as no coun­try in the world can fight drug traf­fick­ing on its own.”

The po­lice of­fi­cial added that Iran’s east­ern neigh­bors are hubs for pro­duc­tion and dis­tri­bu­tion of nar­cotics to the en­tire world, and as the United Na­tions has an­nounced, “more than 80% of the world’s opium is pro­duced in Afghanista­n.”

Stress­ing that Iran has a 900-kilo­me­ter bor­der with Afghanista­n, Karimi said Iran is lo­cated on the tran­sit route to Europe and the bulk of nar­cotics pro­duced in Afghanista­n are des­tined for Euro­pean states.

Cit­ing a UN an­nounce­ment last year,

Karimi said the seizure of more than 48 per­cent of mor­phine, 26 per­cent of heroin, and over 90 per­cent of opium in the world has been con­ducted by the Ira­nian po­lice.

Un­der­lin­ing that the Is­lamic Repub­lic will con­tinue to fight drug traf­fick­ing with­out any po­lit­i­cal con­sid­er­a­tions, Karimi said, “We are do­ing our job of fight­ing drugs inside our coun­try and to this end, more than 3,820 of Ira­nian po­lice per­son­nel have em­braced mar­tyr­dom in the anti-drug fight and about 12,000 oth­ers sus­tained in­juries.”

“We be­lieve nar­cotics are the com­mon en­emy of the hu­man so­ci­ety, but based on the prin­ci­ple of shared re­spon­si­bil­ity, other coun­tries must also pitch in and do their part in this fight,” the top-rank­ing po­lice of­fi­cial con­cluded.

On Fri­day, Kazem Gharib­abadi, Iran’s per­ma­nent rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the Vi­enna-based in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions, hailed the coun­try’s bat­tle against drug traf­fick­ing, say­ing the Is­lamic Repub­lic had man­aged to con­fis­cate the world’s largest amount of nar­cotics over the past years de­spite the il­le­gal US sanc­tions.

“The Is­lamic Repub­lic has dis­cov­ered and con­fis­cated the world’s largest amount of nar­cotics for many years while it has been sub­ject to uni­lat­eral, il­le­gal and il­le­git­i­mate US sanc­tions and de­prived of the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity’s help,” Gharib­abadi said at a spe­cial com­mem­o­ra­tive event of the 63rd Ses­sion of the Com­mis­sion on Nar­cotic Drugs, de­voted to the UN In­ter­na­tional Day against Drug Abuse and Il­licit Traf­fick­ing.

The Ira­nian en­voy also noted that the coun­try has over the past four decades suf­fered “ir­repara­ble fi­nan­cial and hu­man losses” in its anti-drug fight.

Iran shares 1,600 kilo­me­ters of bor­der with Afghanista­n and Pak­istan, and lies on the main traf­fick­ing route for poppy, the source of opium and heroin, from Afghanista­n to West­ern Europe.

The coun­try be­lieves the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity must take joint re­spon­si­bil­ity and re­sume tech­ni­cal con­tri­bu­tions to con­trol drug traf­fick­ing and its im­pacts in the re­gion and be­yond.

MEHR

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