Iran names new nuclear chief who survived assassination bid

Abbasi-Davani replaces Ali Akbar Salehi who was made foreign minister in December.

Iran names new nuclear chief who survived assassination bid

An Iranian nuclear scientist who survived an assassination attempt last November has been appointed Iran's new nuclear chief, the semi-official Fars news agency reported on Sunday.

Fereydoun Abbasi-Davani was slightly wounded by one of two bomb attacks on Nov. 29. The other attack killed another nuclear scientist. Tehran said the double-bombing was an Israeli operation.

Abbasi-Davani, head of physics at Imam Hossein University, has been personally subjected to U.N. sanctions.

"President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, in a decree issued on Sunday, appointed Fereydoun Abbasi-Davani as vice-president and head of the Atomic Energy Organisation," Fars said.

Abbasi-Davani replaces Ali Akbar Salehi who was made foreign minister in December.

Agencies

Last Mod: 13 Şubat 2011, 17:14
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