Monday, September 16, 2013

New appointment for shamkhani

While I am grateful to Shamkhani for making me honorary Sipah Salar in
2005, I question his appointment by rowhani as secretary of the Supreme
National Security Council.  Clearly rowhani is up to something.

Tue Sep 10, 2013 2:15
Rouhani Appoints Rear Admiral Shamkhani as SNSC Secretary
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani appointed former Defense
Minister Rear Admiral Ali Shamkhani as the Secretary of Iran's Supreme
National Security Council (SNSC).

Shamkhani first served as the commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards
Corps (IRGC) Navy. Later he commanded the Iranian Army's naval force in
addition to the IRGC Navy.

He then became Iran's defense minister from August 1997 to August 2005
in the government of President Mohammad Khatami. When Ahmadinejad
ascended to power in 2005 Shamkhani was replaced with Mostafa Mohammad
Najjar in the post. In the 2001 presidential election, Shamkhani ran for

He is the director of the Iranian Armed Forces' Center for Strategic
Studies and a military advisor to Supreme Leader of the Islamic
Revolution Ayatollah Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Shamkhani will replace Saeed Jalili who served as SNSC Secretary during
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's tenure and represented Iran in nuclear
talks with the world powers. The SNSC is, of course, not anymore in
charge of the talks after President Rouhani in a decree last week
shifted the leading role in the talks with the Group 5+1 (the five
permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany) to the Foreign

Yet, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham told FNA on
Thursday that coordination for the Iran-powers talks will still be done
by the SNSC, although the negotiations will be carried out by the
foreign ministry.

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