Gholam Reza Aghazadeh, the chief of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organisation, has resigned, the ISNA news agency reported on Thursday.
Aghazadeh has also quit as the country’s vice president, ISNA said, adding he submitted his resignation letter to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad almost three weeks ago.
Aghazadeh is a veteran Islamic republic official who was the executive deputy of Mir Hossein Mousavi during his premiership in the 1980s.
He was also oil minister from 1985 to 1997 after which he was appointed as the chief of the atomic organisation under reformist president Mohammad Khatami.
Aghazadeh had continued to serve in the same capacity under Ahmadinejad.