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Burns, Sullivan to stay on to work on Iran deal

Set to retire, Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns and Biden advisor Jake Sullivan will stay on as special government employees to work on reaching an Iran nuclear deal after they leave their posts, the State Department said.
U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns (2nd L) talks with Vice Foreign Minister of South Korea Kim Kyou-hyun during their meeting at the Foreign Ministry in Seoul January 21, 2014.   REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji (SOUTH KOREA - Tags: POLITICS) - RTX17N92

The United States and Iran held “good and useful” bilateral meetings in Geneva on Aug. 7, an Iranian official said, as the United States announced that two key officials who had been due to step down shortly will continue to work on US efforts to reach an Iran nuclear deal this fall.

Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns and Jake Sullivan, Vice President Joe Biden’s national security advisor, will stay on as special government employees to work to reach a comprehensive Iran nuclear accord after they leave their current posts in the coming weeks, State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf said Aug. 7. Sullivan is due to leave his job in Biden’s office shortly to teach at Yale Law School, while Burns is due to retire as deputy secretary in October after a three-decade diplomatic career.

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