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US SEES IRAN WORKING TO PRESERVE NUCLEAR DEAL

Iran Nuclear Deal
Iran Nuclear Deal

WASHINGTON (AP)May 11  - The Trump administration's national intelligence director says the U.S. sees Iran working to maintain last year's nuclear agreement.

Tehran's rationale is that by sticking to the deal, it gets relief from U.S. sanctions and preserves some nuclear capabilities.

Dan Coats tells the Senate intelligence committee that the deal extended the amount of time Iran would need to produce enough material for a nuclear weapon.

He cites the Obama administration's estimates that the timeline has been delayed from a few months to about a year.

Coats also says the deal has enhanced transparency of Iran's nuclear activities.

But, he says, the U.S. doesn't know if Iran will eventually decide to try to build nuclear weapons.

 

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