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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Photo: Iranian Presidency Handout via Getty

Iran has reached a deal with the UN's nuclear watchdog to continue inspections of its nuclear sites for another month.

Why it matters: While unstated, the reason for the extension is to allow for more time to negotiate a return to the 2015 nuclear deal.

Details: Iran is extending through June 24 an agreement reached three months ago with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that allows the IAEA's cameras to record the activities in Iran's nuclear sites.

  • Yes, but: If the U.S. and Iran fail to reach a deal, Iran could delete the data without presenting it to the IAEA and end the watchdog's ability to monitor its nuclear program.
  • IAEA director general Rafael Grossi said the agreement could potentially be extended again in a month.

What’s next: U.S., Iranian and European officials have all expressed increased optimism about the trajectory of the nuclear talks ahead of a fifth round starting Tuesday in Vienna.

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Aug 29, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Scoop: Former Israel ambassador joins U.S. Iran team

Dan Shapiro. Photo: Michael Brochstein/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Former U.S. ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro has joined the State Department's Iran team as a senior adviser, a senior State Department official tells Axios.

Why it matters: Israel is pressing the Biden administration to start discussing a “Plan B” in case diplomacy with Iran fails. Shapiro, who has a personal relationship with many Israeli officials, including Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, is equipped to play a key role in any such talks. His portfolio will be the regional aspects of the Iranian issue and coordination with Israel.

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Gottlieb: CDC hampered U.S. response to COVID

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The CDC moved too slowly at several points in the coronavirus pandemic, ultimately hindering the U.S. response, former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb writes in a new book, Uncontrolled Spread.

The big picture: The book argues that American intelligence agencies should have a much bigger role in pandemic preparedness, even if that's sometimes at the expense of public health agencies like the CDC.

911's digital makeover

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A next-generation 911 would allow the nation's 6,000 911 centers to accept texts, videos and photos.

The big picture: U.S. emergency communications have remained stubbornly analog, but Congress is about to take another run at dragging 911 into the digital age.