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Biden’s pick for intel chief predicts he won’t swiftly rejoin Iran nuclear deal

Avril Haines, US President-elect Joe Biden's nominee for director of national intelligence, speaks during her confirmation hearing on January 19, 2021, in Washington. (Joe Raedle/Pool/AFP)
Avril Haines, US President-elect Joe Biden's nominee for director of national intelligence, speaks during her confirmation hearing on January 19, 2021, in Washington. (Joe Raedle/Pool/AFP)

Joe Biden’s nominee for director of national intelligence predicts the US president-elect won’t swiftly return the United States to the international accord limiting Iran’s nuclear program.

Testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Avril Haines notes Biden has condition rejoining the 2015 deal on Iran returning to compliance with its terms.

“I think frankly we’re a long ways from that,” she says.

Haines adds: “The president has also indicated and I agree with this, that in doing so we also have to look at the ballistic missile issues… and there are other obviously destabilizing activities that Iran engages in.”

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