Iran has named Fereydoon Abbasi, the head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization, to head a new post tasked with responding to nuclear and radioactive emergencies, The New York Times reported Wednesday according to the Iranian military.

The United Nations considers Abbasi, who is a top nuclear scientist that escaped an assassination attempt less than two years ago, to a be a major player in Iran's controversial nuclear program. Just days before negotiations between six Western powers and Tehran over the latter's nuclearization resumed in Istanbul, Abbasi was quoted in Iranian media as saying a compromise was possible over the issue of Iran's enriched uranium production.

The Iranian military announced his appointment on Tuesday, according to the Times report.

Israel, which has threatened to strike Iran should the Islamic Republic utilize it's nuclear program for the sake of a bomb, has demanded Iran cease uranium enrichment. Iran insists its nuclear development is for peaceful purposes, rejecting Israeli threats and warning it will strike back if it falls under attack.

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