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Top Iran Negotiator Sherman Acting Deputy Secretary Of State

U.S. State Department Under Secretary For Political Affairs Wendy Sherman alongside her counterpart from Treasury, David Cohen, at an appearance before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in late July.

Wendy Sherman, the United States' lead negotiator with Iran over its nuclear program, will become acting deputy secretary of state.

The State Department announced in a November 3 statement that Sherman will continue to hold the office of under secretary of state for political affairs.

The announcement means that Sherman will hold the No. 2 and No. 3 jobs in the State Department simultaneously.

Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns announced his decision to retire in April.

The deadline for Iran and six world powers -- the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany -- to reach a deal over its nuclear program is November 24.