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Politico: White House Considering Iran Nuke 'Czar'

By    |   Wednesday, 17 Jun 2015 07:28 PM

The White House is reportedly considering a "czar" to serve as the point person for the ongoing talks about Iran's nuclear program as a deadline looms.

Politico, citing an unnamed administration official, said the White House is looking at a number of options to manage the final weeks of negotiations between Iran and five world powers — and one of them is a "czar" to see the difficult talks through to completion. The official said other options include increasing staff and funding to help with the home stretch.

The White House made a similar move last year, creating an Ebola czar to coordinate the response to the deadly virus.The official said other options include increasing staff and funding to help with the home stretch.

"It’s a sensible idea," Robert Einhorn, who served as assistant secretary for nonproliferation during the Clinton administration, tells Politico. "Call it a czar, call it a special representative, whatever it is. Call it coordinator for implementation or something like that."

But Politico notes the position would most likely come under fire from some Republicans who view special positions as inefficient and redundant —and could also give opponents of the talks a new reason to push back.

A comprehensive nuclear deal with Iran is due by June 30. In a preliminary agreement unveiled in April, Iran pledged to drastically reduce its nuclear program — which it has insisted is not aimed at making weapons — in exchange for relief from international sanctions.

"Given the many details and elements of any implementation plan, we have been doing some advance planning," Marie Harf, a senior communications adviser at the State Department, told Politico.

"In that planning, we are looking at all aspects of implementation, including how the [U.S. government] would be organized. If we reach a deal, there are many models for the way forward and we are looking for what will work best."

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