Brian Hook: U.S has reduced Iran’s oil revenue by $50 billion
U.S special representative for Iran, Brian Hook, says that his country’s sanctions against Iran have reduced up to $50 billion in oil revenue exports, and they force European companies to choose between trading with Iran or the United States.
The U.S oil sanctions against Iran have reduced Iran’s oil export from 2.7 million barrels a day to less than 300 thousand.
Hook once again repeated President Trump’s offer for negotiation and said Tehran has repeatedly rejected the offer.
The head of Iran Action Group continued: “We will impose more sanctions until Iran decides to act like a normal country.” He emphasized that the United States is not after regime change in Iran but a change of behavior.
Brian Hook told Al Arabiya that due to U.S sanctions, Iran’s proxies including in the region Hezbollah of Lebanon and Hamas in Gaza are facing financial difficulties like never before. According to Hook, Iran provides 75 percent of Hezbollah’s budget, almost $700 million a year, which means “the average Hezbollah fighter earns more than an average Iranian.”
He described the Islamic Republic as a “corrupt religious mafia that robs its own people blind in order to fund a violent ideology.”
Regarding the recent decision by President Trump to add the supreme leader of Iran and his $95 billion empire to the list of sanctions, Hook stated: "The supreme leader has been able to enrich himself at the expense of the Iranian people. He has many billions of dollars through his financial empire. It’s a slush fund, a hedge fund.”
Brian Hook is currently in Bahrain to attend and speak at the Peace to Prosperity workshop for Palestine.