U.S. Particular Consultant for Iran, Brian Hook, speaks throughout a briefing on the US Division of State January 17, 2020, in Washington, DC.
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WASHINGTON — Brian Hook, the Trump administration’s high diplomat for Iran, is stepping down from his publish as Washington tries to reign in Tehran with it is “most strain” marketing campaign.
“Particular Consultant Hook has been my level individual on Iran for over two years and he has achieved historic outcomes countering the Iranian regime,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stated in a Thursday assertion. “He has been a trusted advisor to me and a great buddy. I thank him for his service,” Pompeo added with out giving a motive for Hook’s departure.
Pompeo stated that Hook can be succeeded by Elliott Abrams, an Iran hard-liner who’s at present the State Division’s particular consultant for Venezuela. It was additionally not instantly clear when Hook would go away his position.
The newest revelation comes at a important time for U.S. diplomatic relations with Iran. Tensions between Washington and Tehran have soared after Trump’s withdrawal from the landmark Iran nuclear deal brokered by the Obama administration.
Subsequent week, the United Nations Safety Council will vote on whether or not international powers ought to lengthen a global arms embargo on Iran. The arms embargo on Iran is at present set to finish on Oct. 18 underneath Tehran’s 2015 nuclear take care of world powers.
The 2015 nuclear settlement lifted sanctions on Iran that crippled its financial system and reduce its oil exports roughly in half. In change for sanctions reduction, Iran accepted limits on its nuclear program and allowed worldwide inspectors into its amenities. Tehran has stated it is not going to negotiate with Washington whereas sanctions are in place.