U.S. envoy for Iran policy Brian Hook steps down

Hook’s departure comes as the U.S. pushes to extend expiring arms embargo on Iran.

8/7/2020 12:20:00 AM

U.S. special envoy for Iran Brian Hook is stepping down from his position, Sec. Pompeo says Wednesday.

Hook’s departure comes as the U.S. pushes to extend expiring arms embargo on Iran.

04:12"Special Representative Hook has been my point person on Iran for over two years and he has achieved historic results countering the Iranian regime," Pompeo said in a statement."He has been a trusted advisor to me and a good friend. I thank him for his service."

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Pompeo did not provide a reason for Hook’s exit but later said in a tweet he will be moving on to the private sector.I thank Special Representative Brian Hook for his 3+ years of service to the State Department andas he moves on to the private sector. He has been a valued member of my leadership team.

— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo)One of the few senior political appointees to remain at the State Department since the start of the Trump administration, Hook previously served as director of policy planning and was a trusted senior adviser to then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

Hook also worked alongside Trump senior adviser Jared Kushner to win support for theirMideast peace planto bring resolution to the conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians, who to date have rejected the proposal.Elliott Abrams is slated to take over Hook's duties, adding Iran to his portfolio which already includes leading Venezuela policy for the administration. As special envoy for Venezuela, Abrams has undertaken a similar effort to drive President Nicolas Maduro from power through heavy U.S. sanctions.

Abrams pled guilty in 1991 to being part of the Iran-Contra Affair, a secret deal that involved selling U.S. arms to Iran in order to free American hostages in Lebanon and then using the funds to support armed conflict in Nicaragua. Abrams was later pardoned by President George H.W. Bush.

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Why ? Dude was all hat, no cattle. Embarrassing. Voluntarily? Breaking: Fat Bastard says Hook stepping down. Do we even have any diplomats left? Is Hook aware of this? He dumped Trump. I wonder why.! We have a special envoy for Iran, I am surprised. He must be resigning out of boredom. And whats the difference between special envoy and non-special envoy?

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