The United Nations’ anti-narcotics chief has praised Iran’s efforts in fighting drug smuggling.
The executive director of the U-N Office on Drugs and Crime said Tehran plays a very active role in the fight against illicit drugs. Yury Fedotov added that nearly 390 tonnes of opium were seized by Iran in 2012. That is equivalent to seventy-two percent of all such seizures around the world. The UNODC chief also said the agency will continue its drug control programs in Iran. This, as some countries including Britain and Denmark have stopped providing funding for the agencies drug control programs in the Islamic Republic. Iran shares a long border with Afghanistan which supplies some 90 percent of the world’s opium and has lost many security forces in its battle against drug traffickers.