The nomination represents another sign Biden intends to return to the 2015 nuclear agreement

Democratic President-elect Joe Biden on Saturday nominated US foreign policy veteran Wendy Sherman, a key negotiator of the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, to be the No. 2 official at the State Department. 

The nomination of Sherman, who also negotiated a nuclear deal with North Korea under Democratic President Bill Clinton, represents another sign that Biden wants to return to the Barack Obama-era accord under which Iran drastically slashed its nuclear program in exchange for promises of sanctions relief.

Outgoing US President Donald Trump exited the deal in 2018 and imposed punishing sanctions against the Shiite clerical regime

Biden also nominated Victoria Nuland, a former career diplomat best known for her support for Ukrainian protesters in the ouster of a Russian-aligned president, as under secretary for political affairs, the State Department's third-ranking post in charge of day-to-day US diplomacy.

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