Hook: There are no secret channels of between Iran and US
According to Brian Hook, the Special Representative for Iran in U.S State Department, there are no secret channels of communication between the countries of Iran and the United States.
When asked about Iran’s decision to scale-down its compliance with the nuclear deal, Hook said Iran’s threat is unacceptable, and once again repeated his previous position that “Iran must change its behavior.”
“For the first time, we said no to the regime of Iran,” said the head of Iran action group. He also warned that any level of support for Iran’s allies is unacceptable.
In his interview with Al Arabiya on Wednesday, July 10, Hook stated that the United States will continue its pressures against the Islamic Republic: “The sanctions alone take away $50 billion of Iran’s annual oil revenue.”
He continued: “On top of that, we have sanctioned their petrochemicals sector, their industrial metal and precious metal sectors.”
“It is important to respond to Iran’s threats against the Freedom of Navigation principle,” said Hook.
According to this high-ranking American diplomat, President Trump is happy with the sanction campaign against the Islamic Republic: “The president knows that Iran’s regime is under a lot of pressure and becoming increasingly fragile.”
Hook clarified that the United States is after a better agreement “which would include the full range of Iran’s threats against peace and security.”
Hook pointed out that Iran’s threats are not limited to the middle east, but there have been terrorist operations in most continents in the world directly tied to Iran or indirectly through Iran’s proxy group, Hezbollah.