News ID: 239021
Published: 0506 GMT February 17, 2019

Minister: Iranian ports' loading, unloading capacity soars to 234m tons

Minister: Iranian ports' loading, unloading capacity soars to 234m tons

Loading and unloading capacity of Iranian ports has reached 234 million tons from 19 million tons four decades ago, said Iran's roads and urban development minister.

Mohammad Eslami further said on Sunday that major efforts were made during the past four decades to expand marine and port activities in Iran, IRNA reported.

He noted that Iran has huge capacities in marine and maritime sectors which should be developed to create jobs.

Describing seas and maritime capabilities as among the components of nations' power, Eslami pointed out that Iran has 5,900 kilometers of sea borders.

Describing the unilateral sanctions imposed by the US on Iran as ineffective, he noted that Iran has always been under US sanctions since the victory of the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Last May, US President Donald Trump pulled his country out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, signed between Iran and P5+1 in July 2015, and reimposed Washington's unilateral sanctions on Tehran in two phases — both already in place.

He added that the sanctions have helped increased Iran's capabilities in different sectors.

"We are required to enhance our synergy in marine sector by fostering national unity and solidarity."

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