Iranian Police Seize over 22 Tons of Narcotics in 21 Days

Iranian Police Seize over 22 Tons of Narcotics in 21 Days
The drug combat squads of Iran’s Law Enforcement Police have seized more than 22 tons of illicit drugs across the country in less than one month of operations, a senior Iranian anti-drug official announced on Wednesday.

“We have seized a sum of 22,500 kilograms of narcotics from drug traffickers in the past 21 days, including 15,252 kilograms of opium,” Deputy Head of Iran’s Anti-Drug Headquarters Assadollah Hadinejad said on Wednesday.

He noted that the Law Enforcement police also arrested 778 drug traffickers in the said period.

Iran lies on a transit corridor between opium producing Afghanistan and drug dealers in Europe.

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.

While Afghanistan produced only 185 tons of opium per year under the Taliban, according to the UN statistics, since the US-led invasion, drug production has surged to 3,400 tons annually. In 2007, the opium trade reached an estimated all-time production high of 8,200 tons.

Afghan and western officials blame Washington and NATO for the change, saying that allies have “overlooked” the drug problem since invading the country 13 years ago.



Iran Calls on Netanyahu to Show Respect for World Nations’ Understanding

Iran Calls on Netanyahu to Show Respect for World Nations' Understanding
 Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham said the Israeli prime minister’s Tuesday night address at the US Congress against Iran was a futile attempt to camouflage Tel Aviv’s crimes in Gaza, and asked Benjamin Netanyahu to show a little respect for the world nations’ power of understanding and reasoning.

“Netanyahu’s remarks were repeated lies; the (Zionist) regime’s hostilities towards the Iranian nation are obvious and the regime’s lies have been completely revealed on the international scene,” Afkham told reporters on Wednesday.

Stressing that the Zionist regime is isolated more than ever due to its repeated crimes against the Palestinians, promotion of state terrorism and violation of human rights, she said, “Such attempts that are made to make the world nations forget the crimes against the Palestinian people are wrong.”

“They (the Zionists) cannot make the world community to forget the crimes in Gaza through statements and trips,” Afkham said.

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham
She stressed that no new words were heard in Netanyahu’s remarks, and said, “The regime is entangled in a whirlpool of its mistakes, extremism and spread of insecurity and Netanyahu had better respect the global community’s understanding and avoid repeating such words.”

Afkham, meantime, downplayed Netanyahu’s remarks, and said, “The Islamic Republic of Iran participates in the negotiations based on the nation’s interests.”

“A good agreement (with the world powers) is an agreement which includes all the rights of the (Iranian) nation,” the foreign ministry presser underscored.

In relevant remarks in February, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei underlined that Iran would never accept a bad agreement with the world powers, adding that the country is in favor of a single-phase comprehensive deal which would respect the Iranian nation’s inalienable rights and entail all details.

“I agree with an agreement if it can be struck, but I disagree with a bad agreement,” the Supreme Leader said in a meeting with the commanders and personnel of the Iranian Air Force and Air Defense in Tehran last month.

Netanyahu’s controversial speech started on Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. (local time). He was invited by US House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner hours after President Barack Obama threatened to veto any sanctions legislation against Iran during his State of the Union address on January 20.

More than 50 House Democrats boycotted the event. The Obama administration is both angry at Netanyahu’s accepting the Republican invitation to address Congress two weeks before the Israeli election without consulting the White House and excessive Israel Lobby interference in American foreign policy.

Shortly after the Israeli prime minister spoke against the ongoing Iran’s nuclear talks, US President Barack Obama told reporters that Netanyahu “did not offer any viable alternative.”

The US President said there was ‘nothing new’ in Netanyahu’s speech.

After Netanyahu’s speech on Tuesday night, Afkham strongly condemned his remarks, describing them as a propaganda effort to rally support in Israel’s upcoming parliamentary elections.

“Netanyahu’s speech was totally a deceitful show and part of an electoral campaign made by radicals in Tel Aviv,” Afkham said.

She underlined that the world public opinion gave no attention to the child-killer regime of Israel.

“Netanyahu’s speech indicated his weakness and extreme isolation of the radical groups even among their supporters,” Afkham added.

She noted that it was also an effort to impose their radical and irrational agenda on international policy, and said, “Constant lying of Netanyahu about goals and purposes of Iran’s peaceful nuclear program is very much boring and not new.”

“The Iranophobia scenario is facing serious problem now as the (nuclear) talks are continuing and Iran’s is seriously determined to settle this fake crisis,” Afkham said.

Iran and the Group 5+1 (the US, Russia, China, France and Britain plus Germany) are negotiating to narrow their differences over Tehran’s nuclear energy program ahead of a July 1 deadline


Iran, Korea

A group of Iranian and South Korean religious scholars discussed the role of religion in promoting ethical and human values during a seminar held at Iran’s Islamic Culture and Relations Organization (ICRO) yesterday.

ICRO Director Mohammad-Baqer Khorramshad, Center for Dialogue between Civilizations and Religions Director Ali-Mohammad Helmi, and the University of Religions and Denominations Director Hojjatolesalm Abolhasan Navvab were among the Iranian scholars who attended the seminar.
A delegation from the Seoul-based Korea Conference of Religion for Peace (KCRP) including the Christian leader and the deputy secretary of KCRP Tae Sung Kim also attended the seminar.
Speaking at the seminar, Khorramshad pointed to the moral values in different societies and said that these values can lead to a better life in a society through religion.
Tae Sung Kim also stated that morality has a great impact on the stability of a society, and that religion can create peace in a society.
In addition, several other S. Korean scholars delivered their short speeches at the seminar and held talks with Iranian experts.
Tehran Times

Interview with Italian Journal “Vademecum” َAbout Iran

iran_italy_flagsDear prof. Mohammad Fanaei Eshkevari, I want to talk with you about religion and faith, but first of all I have to ask you something about the situation in Iran. We get many information, but we really don’t have the perception of what it is happening in Iran. I see a contradictory situation: on one hand you had political elections, but on the other hand we see in TV demonstrations. On the contrary, in other middle-east countries, there is no political participation and nonetheless nobody demonstrates. How can you explain this situation? What do you think about USA position? … Continue reading “Interview with Italian Journal “Vademecum” َAbout Iran”