Supreme National Security Council

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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 Saeed Jalili. This institution was founded during the 1989 revision of the constitution. [1]

The responsibilities of the council is 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 in the areas relating to politics, intelligence, social, cultural and economic fields in regard to general defense and security policies; and
  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 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

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 doubles as the chief nuclear negotiator of Iran.


As of 2011, following members are:[7]

  1. Head of the Executive- President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
  2. Head of the Legislative- Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani
  3. Head of the Judiciary- Ayatollah Sadeq Larijani
  4. Chief of the Supreme Command Council of the Armed Forces (SCCAF)- Major General Ataollah Salehi
  5. Vice President and Head of Management and Planning Organization, formerly the Plan and Budget Organisation (PBO)- Farhad Rahbar
  6. First Vice President- Mohammad-Reza Rahimi
  7. Secretary of Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) and Chief Nuclear Negotiator- Saeed Jalili
  8. Minister of Foreign Affairs- Ali Akbar Salehi
  9. Minister of the Interior- Mostafa Mohammad Najjar
  10. Minister of Information (Intelligence and Security)- Heyder Moslehi
  11. Chief of the Army- Brigadier General Mohammad-Hossein Dadress
  12. Chief of the Islamic Revolution’s Guards Corps (IRGC)- Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari
  13. Head of the Guardian Council- Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati
  14. Minister of Defence- Rear Admiral Ahmad Vahidi
  15. Vice Pres. for Atomic Energy- Fereydoon Abbasi
  16. Minister of Science, Research, & Technology- Kamran Daneshjoo
  17. Minister of Energy- Majid Namjoo

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