US not close to rejoining Iran deal, says Biden’s pick for national intelligence

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The United States is not close to rejoining the Iran nuclear deal, incoming Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines said during her confirmation hearing Tuesday.

“I think, frankly, we are a long ways” from Iran coming back into compliance with the nuclear deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Haines said.

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President-elect Joe Biden’s nominee suggested that Iran’s ballistic missile program and other destabilizing activities in the region needed to be studied as well.

Separately, Haines said China would be a priority and a challenge. “It’s something I will have to focus on,” she said.

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