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Iran sustains over $9B environmental damage in Persian Gulf war: daily

Tehran, Aug 4, IRNA -- Iran suffered over nine billion dollars in environmental damage caused by the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in 1990 and the subsequent 1991 Persian Gulf War, reported a daily here Wednesday quoting a local official.

The English-language paper, Tehran Times cited a report by the Islamic Students News Agency (ISNA) saying that Mojtaba Arastu, An official responsible for assessing the damage said Iran, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait were to meet in October to assess the massive environmental damage they had suffered during the two wars.

The Islamic republic of Iran, Arastu said, has for far received 270 million dollars from a United Nations fund established to provide compensation for the environmental damage caused by the 1991 Persian Gulf War, reported the daily.

It added that the money had been paid to Iranian citizens and state companies.

Arastu noted that all reparations for environmental damage should be paid by the end of 2004, the daily concluded quoting ISNA.

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