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Susan Rice: 'No deal' is better than a bad nuclear deal with Iran

by Eun Kyung Kim /  / Updated  / Source: TODAY

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National Security Advisor Susan Rice said the White House won’t be rushed into accepting an agreement to curb Iran's nuclear program, even though time is running out to reach such a historic deal.

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“It's not us that's under crushing sanctions,” she told TODAY’s Savannah Guthrie. “The president has been absolutely clear — all of us are clear — no deal is better than a bad deal. And there will not be a bad deal.”

Rice admitted, however, that the Obama administration’s chance of meeting the June 30 deadline with Iran is barely better than a coin flip.

“Not much higher than that, to be quite frank," she said. "Maybe, depending on the day of the week, 60-40, but there's still some tough issues to be resolved.”

Rice also was asked about the recent hacking into the federal Office of Personnel Management. China is believed to be responsible for the breach, but Rice would not confirm the nation was behind the act.

“We have not made a public attribution of responsibility. We’re still very much investigating,” she said of the “significant” breach.

“Millions of records may have been compromised,” she admitted, including hers and other individuals with high national security clearance.

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