Tehran (IP) - Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said the country managed to increase the production of gold to 14 percent compared to 2013.

Iran PressIran News: Speaking in the ceremony of launching three national projects of the Ministry of Industry, Mine, and Trade, Hassan Rouhani stressed the significance of the use of gold in crucial industries and announced the government readiness to do more in this regard.

Rouhani also reported a 10-percent growth in steel production during the first four-month of the current Iranian year (starting on March 21) despite the outbreak of the coronavirus, as compared with the 6-percent fall of the global production of steel within the same period. 

He also pointed to the foreign media efforts to accuse Iran of ignoring people's lives and noted that the media wanted to make the country to shut down its activities, so that as in their countries, people make queues for food and hygienic items.

He noted that from the beginning, the National Taskforce for Combating Coronavirus did a very smart job, stressing that the production of essential items must not be stopped even for an hour and that basically the production process and all manufacturing companies must continue to operate.

"Three world leaders told me that your work in Iran became a model for us to deal with the coronavirus and at the same time continue our economic activity," Iran's President added. 

"Unfortunately, due to the betrayal that Trump committed to the world, the American nation, and the Iranian nation and violated the [JCPOA] deal, we faced problems in advancing projects related to this field, but the process of this modernization must continue," Rouhani said, mentioning the development of the country's transportation fleet as one of the important goals of the government.


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