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The Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran

Article 176 [Supreme Council for National Security]

(1) In order to safeguarding the national interests and preserving the Islamic Revolution, the territorial integrity, and the national sovereignty, a Supreme Council for National Security presided over by the President shall be constituted to fulfill the following responsibilities:

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.

(2) The Council shall consist of:

- The heads of three branches of the government,

- The chief of the Supreme Command Council of the Armed Forces,

- The officer in charge of the planning and budget affairs,

- Two representatives nominated by the Leader

- Ministers of foreign affairs, interior, and information,

- A Minister related with the subject, and

- The highest ranking officials from the Armed Forces and the Islamic Revolution's Guards Corps.

(3) Commensurate with its duties, the Supreme Council for National Security shall form sub councils such as Defense Sub council and National Security Sub council. Each sub council will be presided over by the President or a member of the Supreme Council for National Security appointed by the President.

(4) The scope of authority and responsibility of the sub councils will be determined by law and their organizational structure will be approved by the Supreme Council for National Defense.

(5) The decisions of the Supreme Council for National Security shall be effective after the confirmation by the Leader.

Chapter XIV the Revision of the Constitution

Article 177 [Revision by Council and Referendum]

(1) The revision of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran, whenever needed by the circumstances, will be done in the following manner:

The Leader issues an edict to the President after consultation with the Nation's Exigency Council stipulating the amendments or additions to be made by the Council for Revision of the Constitution which consists of:

1) Members of the Guardian Council;

2) Heads of the three branches of the government;

3) Permanent members of the Nation's Exigency Council;

4) Five members from among the Assembly of Experts;

5) Ten representatives selected by the Leader;

6) Three representatives from the Council of Ministers;

7) Three representatives from the judiciary branch;

8) Ten representatives from among the members of the Islamic Consultative Assembly; and

9) Three representatives from among the university professors.

(2) The method of working, manner of selection and the terms and conditions of the Council shall be determined by law.

(3) The decisions of the Council, after the confirmation and signatures of the Leader, shall be valid if approved by an absolute majority vote in a national referendum.

(4) The provisions of Article 59 shall not apply to the referendum for the "Revision of the Constitution."

(5) The contents of the articles of the Constitution related to the Islamic character of the political system; the basis of all the rules and regulations according to Islamic criteria; the religious footing; the objectives of the Islamic Republic of Iran; the democratic character of the government; the holy principle; the Imamate of Ummah; and the administration of the affairs of the country based on national referenda, official religion of Iran and the religious school are unalterable.

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