Gholam Reza Aghazadeh
Gholam Reza Aghazadeh
|Head of Atomic Energy Organization|
1 September 1997 – 16 July 2009
|Preceded by||Reza Amrollahi|
|Succeeded by||Ali Akbar Salehi|
|Minister of Petroleum|
31 October 1985 – 14 August 1997
|President||Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani
|Prime Minister||Mir-Hossein Mousavi|
|Preceded by||Mohammad Gharazi|
|Succeeded by||Bijan Namdar Zangeneh|
|Member of Expediency Discernment Council|
15 March 1949 |
|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 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. There has been speculation that he resigned following shutdowns and failures in Iran's nuclear program caused by the Stuxnet virus.
Iranian election protest
When asked about the Iranian election protests, Aghazdadeh replied: "it is not my field of interest. I can't care"
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|Minister of Petroleum
Bijan Namdar Zanganeh
|Head of Atomic Energy Organization
Ali Akbar Salehi