Gholam Reza Aghazadeh

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غلامرضا آقازاده
Gholam Reza Aghazadeh
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Aghazadeh in right
Head of Atomic Energy Organization
In office
1 September 1997 – 16 July 2009
President Mohammad Khatami
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Preceded by Reza Amrollahi
Succeeded by Ali Akbar Salehi
Minister of Petroleum
In office
31 October 1985 – 14 August 1997
President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani
Mohammad Khatami
Prime Minister Mir-Hossein Mousavi
Preceded by Mohammad Gharazi
Succeeded by Bijan Namdar Zangeneh
Personal details
Born (1949-03-15) 15 March 1949 (age 65)
Khoy, Iran
Nationality Iranian
Alma mater University of Tehran

Gholam Reza Aghazadeh (Persian: غلامرضا آقازاده‎) (born Khoy, Iran on 15 March 1949) is an Iranian Politician. Aghazadeh served as the Vice President for Atomic Energy[1] of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the president of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran up until July 2009.

He has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Computer Engineering from University of Tehran. He moved to the US for further studies but returned in late 1978 as the revolution against the Shah began to unfold. He was an active member of the opposition, and in 1979 became a director of the ultra-populist IRP newspaper Jomhouri Eslami, run by Mir-Hossein Mousavi. In 1980, Mousavi became foreign minister and made Aghazadeh his deputy in charge of economic relations and finance.

Two years later, as Mousavi became prime minister, Aghazadeh was made state minister for executive affairs, a post attached to the prime minister's office. Later he held the title of deputy prime minister for executive affairs in charge of Iran's oil barter deals with foreign states and companies under a countertrade system started in 1982. He co-ordinated policies of various ministries through the PM's office. His talents earned him the post of Iran's Minister of Petroleum in October 1985. He held this position until 1997 when he was replaced by Bijan Namdar Zanganeh after the election of then reformist president Mohammad Khatami. He was then promoted to the post of Vice President for Atomic Energy. He held this position from 1997 to 2009.

Aghazadeh is also a member of the Expediency Discernment Council.

On 16 July 2009, the semi-official Iranian Students News Agency reported that Gholam Reza Aghazadeh had resigned as Iran's Nuclear Chief for unspecified reasons, a resignation of intense interest in such a difficult time.[2]

Iranian election protest[edit]

When asked about the Iranian election protests, Aghazdadeh replied: "it is not my field of interest. I can't care"

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Political offices
Preceded by
Mohammad Gharazi
Minister of Petroleum
1985–1997
Succeeded by
Bijan Namdar Zanganeh
Preceded by
Reza Amrollahi
Head of Atomic Energy Organization
1997–2009
Succeeded by
Ali Akbar Salehi