UN Official Praises Iran's Counternarcotics Effort
A 50-ton batch of seized drugs burns in Iran (epa)
May 13, 2007 -- Senior UN antidrug official Roberto Arbitrio has praised Iran's efforts to prevent the transit of narcotics across its territory.
Reuters quoted Arbitrio as saying that drug control is one of the "positive stories" from Iran.
Arbitrio, representative of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), called Iran the leading country in the world in terms of opiate seizures.
In 2006, 300 tons of opium, morphine, and heroin were seized by Iranian authorities.
The Iranian Economy
Buses being produced at a factory in Tehran (Fars)
IN NEED OF DIVERSIFICATION. Populist Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad is having trouble fulfilling his promises to put the country's petrodollars on the plates of average citizens. Inflation and unemployment remain high and the economy is dominated by the energy sector.