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Iranian carpets enter US markets via third countries: Official

Source: ISNA

Iranian carpets are sent to American markets via third countries including Canada and Afghanistan.

An Iranian official of Industry, Mining and Trade Ministry said, "Despite embargo on Iranian carpets and rugs, the products are sent to American markets through third countries including Canada and Afghanistan."

Also regarding any measure on behalf of Iran over last year to lift embargo, Mohammad Reza Abed said, "We believe that the US has deprived its people of Iranian carpets, but merchants of different countries interested in Iranian carpets buy the products in various ways."

"In the recent carpet fair held in South Korea we witnessed that Americans were trying to buy Iranian carpets," he added.

He also added Iran has raised export of the worthy handicraft to Afghanistan and Canada showing that carpets sent to the two countries are exported to the US more than years before.

"It represents that merchants have managed to bypass embargo and export Iranian rugs and carpets to the US."

Iran is under 4 rounds of the UN Security Council sanctions over its refusal to halt peaceful uranium enrichment. Also the US and EU have imposed unilateral sanctions on Iran.

Related News: Photos: Tehran hosts the 20th Persian handmade carpet exhibition

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