Export of Iran's industrial products has risen 40 percent in the first half of the current Persian calendar year (started March 20, 2012), despite the West's embargoes against Tehran, deputy minister of industry, mine and trade for legal affairs Safdar Rahmatabadi said, Press TV reported.
Speaking at a Thursday ceremony, Rahmatabadi reaffirmed Iran's resolve to further promote non-oil exports, noting that Iranian products are now sold in the markets of 170 countries.
Rahmatabadi pointed out that despite the West's sanctions and economic pressures, Iranian products are among the best commodities in the world.
Iran is among the top 10 countries in terms of mineral resources and its automobile and food industries rank 13 and 30 respectively in the world, the official added.
The United States, Israel and some of their allies accuse Iran of pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program with Washington and the European Union using the false claim to impose illegal unilateral sanctions against the Islamic Republic.
Iran refutes the allegation and argues that as a signatory to Non-Proliferation Treaty and a member of International Atomic Energy Agency, it is entitled to develop and acquire nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.
Edited by: S. Isayev