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Iran a threat to U.S. allies, forces in Middle East -Biden's Pentagon nominee

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WASHINGTON, Jan 19 (Reuters) - Retired Army General Lloyd Austin, President-elect Joe Biden's pick to lead the Pentagon, said on Tuesday that Iran posed a threat to American allies in the region and forces stationed there.

"Iran continues to be a destabilizing element in the region. ... It does present a threat to our partners in the region and those forces that we have stationed in the region," Austin said during his confirmation hearing.

"If Iran were ever to get a nuclear capability, most every problem we deal with in the region would be tougher to deal with because of that," he added. (Reporting by Idrees Ali and Phil Stewart; Editing by Leslie Adler)