News ID: 134886
Published: 0720 GMT January 12, 2016

2 die as aircraft crashes in southeast

2 die as aircraft crashes in southeast

An Iranian military aircraft crashed in the southeastern port city of Konarak on Tuesday, an official confirmed.

Ali Asghar Mirshekari, the deputy governor general of Sistan and Baluchestan Province, said that the pilot and co-pilot of the F-4 plane died in the crash, Tasnim News Agency reported.

Mirshekari also said that the military aircraft, belonging to Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force, was on a training mission.

He added that the causes of the crash were under investigation.

Head of the Islamic Revolution’s Guard Corps' Public Relations Office Brigadier General Ramazan Sharif also said that no fighter jet of IRGC’s Air Force has crashed.

 

“Arak reactor not decommissioned yet”

 

A senior nuclear official rejected a report that Iran has decommissioned the Arak heavy water reactor.

"Some preliminary steps have been taken, but removing the core of the Arak reactor has not been completed yet," IRNA quoted an unnamed senior official at the Atomic Energy Agency of Iran as saying late on Monday.

The comments contradicted an earlier report by the Fars News Agency, which cited an "informed source" as saying Iran had “removed the core of the Arak reactor and filled it with cement.”

Iranian officials are expected to finish implementing the July 14 deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in the coming days.

Deputy Foreign Minister Majid Takht-Ravanchi also said that "one of our commitments is to redesign the Arak reactor, and everything that we agreed upon is being implemented."

 

180,000 drug dealers, smugglers arrested

 

The head of anti-narcotics division of Iran's police force said on Tuesday that at least 180,000 drug dealers and smugglers have been arrested in the nine months to December 22.

General Ali Moayyedi told reports in Tehran that 800 fire arms have been confiscated from smugglers, IRNA reported.

He added that more than 420 tons of narcotics were confiscated during the period. The figure shows a 20-percent year-on-year jump.

“During the past nine months, around 2,000 gangs have been busted and 42 armed smugglers killed,” he said, adding that two Iranian officers have also lost their lives during the anti-drug operations across the country.

Moayyedi noted that 80,000 drug users have been detained.

Iran, which has common borders with Afghanistan and Pakistan, has been used as the main conduit for smuggling Afghan drugs to narcotics kingpins in Europe. Iran has paid dearly in its fight against drug smuggling.

 

28 robbery gangs busted in Tehran

 

The police commander of Tehran said on Tuesday that at least 28 robbery gangs were busted during several operations in the Iranian capital.

Brigadier General Hossein Sajedinia added that more than 140 robbers were arrested.

He noted that investigations show over 70 percent of the suspects have criminal backgrounds.

 

MP calls for closing unauthorized financial institutions

 

A senior Iranian lawmaker on Tuesday called for closing unauthorized financial institutions operating across the country.

Ahmadi Tavakkoli said that the illegal credit institutes have negative impacts on the economy, Tasnim News Agency reported.

He said that the inaction of governmental and supervising bodies in dealing with the institutions has “deceived” people who opened accounts at the institutes.

The Central Bank of Iran is in charge of regulating commercial banks and other financial and credit institutions. However many of these institutions lack needed licenses and are not supervised by the regulators.

   
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