<DIV align=left>khatami inaugurates copper plant</DIV>
Kerman, June 1, IRNA -- President Mohammad Khatami on Tuesday
officially inaugurated a copper plant in the southeastern city of
The plant has been designated as Iran`s first development project
in copper industry.
President Khatami also inspected various parts of the Sarcheshmeh
The president is accompanied by Minister of Industries and Mines
Es`haq Jahangiri and the head of the Tourism and Cultural Heritage
The project will add to the production capacity of Sarcheshmeh
Copper Condensation Factory in Kerman by 160,000 tons a year.
The second phase of the plant is scheduled to increase the output
to 350,000 tons annually by the end of the Fourth Development Plan