TEHRAN (FNA)- Commander of the Iranian Border Guard Units General Hossein Zolfaqari said that the security status along Iran’s borders is in desirable conditions and drug trafficking via the country’s land borders has almost stopped.
“Our country’s borders are in the most tranquil conditions and vulnerability (of our borders) has reached the lowest level due to the endeavors of the honorable border guards, their information and insight,” Brigadier General Zolfaqari said.
He said that insecurities in border regions have reached the minimum possible level, adding, “We can assuredly say that the flow of narcotics into the country via our land borders has reached the zero level.”
In relevant remarks in September 2012, Zolfaqari said that the country was closely monitoring its border regions by means of hi-tech equipment, including optical and radar systems.
He underlined the significance of the use of high-tech equipment and technologies in border control, adding that Iranian border guard units are using radar and optic systems to control the country’s borders.
Iran has 5,440 kilometers of land borders. The country shares its Northern borders with Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Turkmenistan which extend for more than 2,000 kilometers, including about 650 kilometers of water along the Southern shore of the Caspian Sea. Iran’s Western borders are with Turkey and Iraq, and to the East with Afghanistan and Pakistan. The Persian Gulf and the Sea of Oman littoral states form the country’s 1,770 kilometers of Southern border.
Iran, located at the crossroad of international drug smuggling from Afghanistan to Europe, has taken new security measures in its bordering provinces after its eastern and western borders came under several attacks by terrorists and drug traffickers in the last few years.
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