AP PHOTOS: Scenes of toil from Iran's coal mines

September 26, 2014 9:12 AM

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In this Thursday, May 8, 2014 photo, Iranian coal miners push metal carts to be loaded with coal at a mine near the city of Zirab 212 kilometers (132 miles) northeast of the capital Tehran, on a mountain in Mazandaran province, Iran. International sanctions linked to the decade-long dispute over Iran’s nuclear program have hindered the import of heavy machinery and modern technology in all sectors, and coal mining is no exception. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

In this Thursday, May 8, 2014 photo, an Iranian coal miner pushes an old metal cart to be loaded with coal at a mine near the city of Zirab 212 kilometers (132 miles) northeast of the capital Tehran on a mountain in Mazandaran province, Iran. A miner said they move up to 100 tons a day. (AP Photo/Eb...

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