September 27, 2021

New CIA nominee favors back-channel talks with North Korea and Iran nuclear deal

President-elect Joe Biden nominated William “Bill” Burns to head the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency

Days after Kim Jong Un said the United States is North Korea’s “biggest enemy,” President-elect Joe Biden announced a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) pick who experts say is likely to pursue back-channel talks with North Korea.

On Monday, Biden chose William Joseph Burns as director of the CIA. Burns is currently the president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and has served 33 years in diplomatic services, most recently as deputy secretary of state under former President Barack Obama.