Supreme National Security Council

شورای عالی امنیت ملی

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Supreme National Security Council (Persian: شورای عالی امنیت ملی‎ Shoraye 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.

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

  • Determining the defense and national security policies within the framework of general policies determined by the Leader;
  • Coordination of activities in the areas relating to politics, intelligence, social, cultural and economic fields in regard to general defense and security policies; and
  • Exploitation of materialistic and intellectual resources of the country for facing the internal and external threats.
  • Contents
    • 1 Composition
    • 2 Nuclear policy
    • 3 Members
    • 4 References and notes
    • 5 External links


    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. The president selects the secretary of the Supreme council. The decisions of the Council are effective after the confirmation by the Supreme Leader. Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei is at the top of the foreign-policy process.

    Nuclear policy

    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. 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.


    As of 2013, following members are:

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