Iran says its “active resistance” against Washington’s maximum pressure has resulted in the departure of US State Department’s special representative for Iran Brian Hook, and may force his boss Mike Pompeo to resign as well.
Pompeo said on that Hook has to leave his post, while war architect and US special representative for Venezuela, Elliott Abrams, will add Iran to his role “following a transition period” with Hook.
Secretary of Iran’s National Security Council Ali Shamkhani said Hook is leaving the office without any success in carrying out his mission, just like Donald Trump’s former national security advisor John Bolton.
The Trump administration’s maximum pressure strategy was initially aimed at bringing about a “regime change” in Iran, but finally turned into “preventing Iran from becoming a wealthy powerful entity in the Middle East.
The so-called ‘maximum pressure’ campaign waged by the US government has failed. Iran is not on its knees, and will not do so regardless of who is in charge of implementing this bankrupt policy.
Washington’s decision to exit the Iran nuclear deal has not forced the government in Tehran to change its superior conduct, but it did lead to a public effort to reconstitute its nuclear production facilities.
Hook, 52, was appointed to the top Iran role at the State Department in late 2018 and has been the point man in Washington’s so-called “maximum pressure” campaign on Tehran after Trump pulled out of the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and the world powers.
Hook’s surprise departure comes at a time when Washington has been intensely, but in vain, lobbying at the United Nations to extend an arms embargo on Iran, which is to expire in October as per the UN Security Council Resolution 2231.
The Security Council prepares to hold a vote on the US resolution next week. China expresses its unequivocal opposition to the United States’ illegal underway bid to prevent removal of an anti-Iran arms embargo.
PressTV / ABC Flash Point WW III News 2020.