Fereidoun Abbasi-Davani

Also Known As: 

Fereydoon Abbasi Davani
Fereydoon Abbasi

Weapon Program: 

  • Nuclear



Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI); formerly a senior scientist at the Ministry of Defense and Armed Forces Logistics (MODAFL).

Listed in an annex to U.N. Security Council resolution 1747 of March 24, 2007, as a person involved in Iran's nuclear or ballistic missile activities; with some exceptions, the designation requires states to freeze the financial assets on their territories which are owned or controlled by the listed person, by his agents, or by entities he controls, and requires states to ensure that funds, financial assets or economic resources are prevented from being made available to or for the benefit of the individual; the resolution calls on states to "exercise vigilance" in allowing the designated person to enter or to transit through their territories, and requires states to notify the Security Council if the person does so; added on December 13, 2012 to the Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) list maintained by the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), freezing his assets under U.S. jurisdiction and prohibiting transactions with U.S. parties, pursuant to Executive Order 13382, which targets proliferators of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and their delivery systems; listed by the European Union on April 19, 2007, as a person linked to Iran's proliferation-sensitive nuclear activities or Iran's development of nuclear weapon delivery systems; with some exceptions, and within their jurisdiction, European Union member states must freeze all funds and economic resources owned, held or controlled by the listed person, and prevent funds or economic resources from being made available to him; sanctioned by the governments of Norway and Switzerland, restricting business and financial transactions with the listed person and/or freezing his assets in those countries.

Involved in the development of uranium mining and yellowcake production; has worked closely with Mohsen Fakhrizadeh-Mahabadi; has been associated with the Institute of Applied Physics (IAP); has served as a faculty member of Shahid Behesti University (SBU), a researcher at Iran's Institute for Studies in Theoretical Physics and Mathematics (IPM), and an assistant professor at Imam Hossein University (IHU), where he reportedly led the physics group; has also served at the Ministry of Science, Research, and Technology, Malek Ashtar University, and the Nuclear Society; reportedly has been involved in plans to enrich uranium using lasers; research activities have included nuclear targets for neutron production, electron linear accelerators, software to calculate nuclear radiation, plasma focus devices, and alpha spectrometry studies.

Reportedly has been a member of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) since the 1979 Iranian Revolution; holds a Ph.D. in nuclear physics from Amir Kabir University (AKU); born in Abadan, Iran, in 1958 or 1959.

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Date Entered: 

June 18, 2007

Date Last Modified: 

May 1, 2013