Supreme National Security Council

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Supreme National Security Council (Persian: شورای عالی امنیت ملیShoraye Aliye Amniate Melli) is the national security council of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the current secretary of which is Ali Shamkhani. This institution was founded during the 1989 revision of the constitution.[1]

The responsibilities of the council are defined by the constitution as:

  1. Determining the defense and national security policies within the framework of general policies determined by the Leader.
  2. Coordination of activities political, intelligence, social, cultural and economic fields in relating to general policies of defense and national security.
  3. Exploitation of materialistic and intellectual resources of the country for facing the internal and external threats.


This National Security Council is mandated by Article 176 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran to be presided over by the president of the country.[2] The president selects the secretary of the Supreme council.[3] The decisions of the Council are effective after the confirmation by the Supreme Leader.[4] Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei is at the top of the foreign-policy process.[5]

Nuclear policy[edit]

Supreme National Security Council formulates the country's nuclear policy. The nuclear policies formulated by the council would become effective if they are confirmed by the Supreme Leader.[6] The secretary of the council was the chief nuclear negotiator of Iran until 5 September 2013 when responsibility for nuclear talks was assigned to the ministry of foreign affairs.[7]


As of 2013, following members are:[8]

  1. Head of the Executive & Presided of the (SNSC) - President Hassan Rouhani
  2. Head of the Legislative - Chairman Ali Larijani
  3. Head of the Judiciary - Ayatollah Sadeq Larijani
  4. Chief of the Supreme Command Council of the Armed Forces (SCCAF) - Major General Hassan Firouzabadi
  5. Vice President in Strategic Planning and Budget - Mohammad Bagher Nobakht
  6. Secretary of Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) & Representative of the Supreme Leader in the (SNSC) - Rear Admiral Upper Half Ali Shamkhani
  7. Representative of the Supreme Leader in the Supreme National Security Council - Saeed Jalili
  8. Chief of the Army - Major General Ataollah Salehi
  9. Chief of the Islamic Revolution’s Guards Corps (IRGC) - Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari
  10. Minister of Foreign Affairs - Mohammad Javad Zarif
  11. Minister of the Interior - Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli
  12. Minister of Intelligence and Security - Mahmoud Alavi
  13. Minister related with the subject

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