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The head of Iran's nuclear organization, Gholam Reza Aghazadeh, has resigned, according to the Isna news agency.
The report said the nuclear chief had submitted a letter of resignation to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad nearly three weeks ago.
It was not immediately clear what triggered the resignation.
Mr Aghazadeh also stepped down as the country's vice-president, Isna reported.
Originally posted by habfan1968
Well the Vice President leaves both his posts and he becomes they somehow, it is just one guy leaving the two positions he has, could be health reasons, family reasons etc..
Ali Akbar Salehi, Iran's former envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency, is replacing Gholam Reza Aghazadeh as the new vice president and the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, IRNA said.
Officials gave no reason for Aghazadeh's resignation, but he has long been close to reformist opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi, who claims to be the victor in June 12 presidential elections and has called Ahmadinejad's government illegitimate.
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Aghazadeh has made no public comment on the June 12 election turmoil, in which Mousavi supporters staged massive street demonstrations before the government crushed them in a heavy crackdown, but he is known close associate of Mousavi ever since the opposition leader was the prime minister in the 1980s.
The outgoing nuclear chief is also close to Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, a powerful cleric and former president who is a bitter rival of the president.