Congressman Mike Pompeo who is Donald Trump's pick to run the CIA, has listed out Russia, Syria, Iran and the Islamic State terror group as major threats to the United States.
Describing Iran as "the leading state sponsor of terror," he alleged that Tehran has become an emboldened, disruptive player in the Middle East, fuelling tension "with our Sunni allies."
Pompeo said the US must be rigorously fair and objective in assessing the Joint comprehensive Plan of Action.
He also said, "Radical Islamic terrorism is both a symptom and a catalyst of the terrible conflicts raging in the Middle east that have created both a humanitarian and strategic catastrophe."
Pompeo said while the NSA and Cyber Command play leading roles, cyber activities have become critical to virtually every intelligence operation, adding that the CIA must continue to operate at the forefront on this issue.