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- n. The head of state and commander-in-chief of the entire armed forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran, with the authority to dismiss the Iranian president. The Supreme Leader is also the highest-ranking spiritual leader in Iran.
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Ali Larijani, then Supreme Leader Khamenei’s representative to Iran’s National Security Council, said Iran’s diplomats had given away “a round pearl” and only gotten a “bonbon” in return.
But even then only concerted pressure persuaded its first Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.