Iran's former IAEA envoy named foreign ministry advisor
TEHRAN (AFP) Jan 21, 2004
Iran's former envoy to the United Nations nuclear watchdog, Ali Akbar Salehi, has been given a new post as a top advisor to the Islamic republic's foreign minister, officials said Wednesday.

Salehi, who last month helped avert a crisis with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) as Iran signed up to tougher UN inspections of its nuclear programme, is to be replaced in Vienna by Iran's current ambassador to Austria, Pirouz Hosseini.

The foreign ministry, quoted by the state news agency IRNA, said Salehi -- a nuclear physicist educated at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the United States -- would serve as a scientific and international advisor to Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazi.