Ali Asghar Soltanieh

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علی اصغر سلطانیه
Ali Asghar Soltanieh
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Representative of Iran to the IAEA
In office
1 September 2006 – 1 September 2013
PresidentMahmoud Ahmadinejad
Preceded byMohammad Mehdi Akhondzadeh
Succeeded byReza Najafi
In office
1 September 1982 – 1 September 1987
PresidentAli Khamenei
Preceded byInaugural holder
Succeeded byKhalil Mousavi
Personal details
Born (1950-10-01) 1 October 1950 (age 71)
Tehran, Iran
Alma materUtah State University

Ali Asghar Soltanieh English pronunciation  (Persian: علی‌اصغر سلطانیه, born 1 October 1950) was Iran's ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna. He served the position from 1982 to 1987 and for a second term in 2006 until 2013.

Early life and education[edit]

Soltanieh was born in Tehran on 1 October 1950.[1] He studied at Utah State University in the United States.[2]


Soltanieh is a nuclear physicist by training and worked as associate professor at faculties of science and international relations in various universities between 1988 and 1997. He taught courses in nuclear physics.

In the 1990s he was involved, as a nuclear physicist and senior diplomat, in the capacity of special envoy, delegate, chief negotiator, and invited speaker in numerous international events on disarmament and international security, such as NPT, CWC, BWC, CTBT, CCW, and has worked closely with the relevant international scientific and technical organizations such as UN, IAEA, OPCW, and other specialized international organizations such as WHO, ILO, Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), QIC, WMO, TWAS and ICDO. He has published several papers in aforementioned areas.

For the three years immediately prior to taking up his position as the Iran's envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, Soltanieh was the head of Iran's National Escort Team for IAEA Inspections; a member of delegation to the IAEA board of governors and general conference; and a member of the negotiating team, Iran-EU3/EU negotiation on nuclear energy.

On 27 August 2013, it was reported that Reza Najafi replaced Soltanieh as the Iran's ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Soltanieh is married and has three children.[1]


  1. ^ a b CV of Soltanieh G77
  2. ^ Nuclear secrets or nuclear pride? Los Angeles Times 13 December 2008
  3. ^ Yeganeh Torbati (27 August 2013). "Iran names new envoy to IAEA, extending makeover of nuclear team". Reuters. Dubai. Retrieved 27 August 2013.
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by Ambassador of Iran to IAEA
Succeeded by