Burns served 33 years as a U.S. diplomat, including as U.S. Ambassador to Russia and as a senior negotiator in the secret talks that paved the way for the 2015 Iran nuclear deal under the former Democratic President Barack Obama.
US President-elect Joe Biden will appoint former career diplomat and former Deputy Secretary of State William Burns to lead the CIA, his transition team announced Monday.
Mr. Burns served 33 years as a U.S. diplomat, including as U.S. ambassador to Russia and as a senior negotiator in the secret talks that paved the way for the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, under the former Democratic President Barack Obama.
He is currently chair of the international affairs think tank of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
“Ambassador Burns is a crisis-hardened public servant who has spent his career working to keep Americans safe,” Biden’s transition team said in a statement.
Mr Biden’s choice to lead the US Central Intelligence Agency comes as he rushes to put together a national security team after the transition was delayed by Republican President Donald Trump challenging the Democrat’s election victory in November .
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Mr Burns must be confirmed by the US Senate, in which Mr Biden’s fellow Democrats narrowly hold a majority. Mr Biden has asked Congress to confirm his national security team as close to his inauguration on January 20 as possible, but he still faces the prospect of having few permanent members in place when he takes office.
Mr Biden, who was vice president under Mr Obama, said he would reinstate the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, which Trump abandoned.