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Monday, 27 December, 1999, 10:44 GMT
Iran guards against Y2K



The Iranian authorities are taking special measures to guard against the millennium computer bug.

They've set up special command stations in key government ministries and in provincial centres.

Industries which the authorities deem particularly vulnerable, such as pharmaceuticals, food and chemicals have been ordered to shut down completely for more than twenty-four hours over the New Year.

The BBC Tehran correspondent says that when the Americans pulled out of Iran after the Islamic Revolution, they left behind a lot of out of date technology which the Iranians have been unable to service because of US sanctions.

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