Bomb attack survivor is new Iran atom chief

Iran has appointed nuclear scientist Fereydoon Abbasi Davani, who survived a bomb attack in November, as the country`s new atomic chief.

Last Updated: Feb 13, 2011, 20:54 PM IST

Tehran: Iran has appointed nuclear scientist
Fereydoon Abbasi Davani, who survived a bomb attack in
November, as the country`s new atomic chief, state television
reported on its website today.

Abbasi Davani, a target of UN sanctions, replaces Ali
Abkar Salehi who was endorsed as foreign minister last month.

The announcement of his appointment was declared in an
order issued by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the television
website said.

"You are hereby appointed as a vice president and head of
Atomic Energy Organisation considering the level of your
commitment, piety and fruitful scientific and executive
records," Ahmadinejad said in the appointment order carried by
the website.

Abbasi Davani, a senior figure in Iran`s nuclear
programme, was wounded in a bomb attack on November 29 in
Tehran which the Islamic republic blamed on the CIA and
Mossad.

He survived the attack, but another senior nuclear
scientist, Majid Shahriari, was killed in a similar assault on
the same day in a separate part of the capital.

Tehran police said that the twin attacks were carried out
by men on motorcycles who attached bombs to the scientists`
cars as they were driving to work.

Iranian media reports said Abbasi Davani, 52, is the head
of the physics department at Tehran`s Imam Hossein University,
which is close to Iran`s elite military force the
Revolutionary Guards.

PTI