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U.S. Iran envoy Brian Hook stepping down as key U.N. arms embargo vote looms

U.S. Iran envoy Brian Hook stepping down as key U.N. arms embargo vote looms

8/7/2020 12:35:00 AM

U.S. Iran envoy Brian Hook stepping down as key U.N. arms embargo vote looms

Top U.S. envoy for Iran Brian Hook is leaving his post and Elliott Abrams, the U.S. special representative for Venezuela , will add Iran to his role 'following a transition period' with Hook, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Thursday.

3 Min Read(Reuters) - Top U.S. envoy for Iran Brian Hook is leaving his post and Elliott Abrams, the U.S. special representative for Venezuela, will add Iran to his role “following a transition period” with Hook, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Thursday.

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FILE PHOTO: US special representative for Iran Brian Hook wearing a face mask attends a meeting in Jerusalem, Israel. 30 June 2020. Abir Sultan/Pool via REUTERSHook’s surprise departure comes at a critical time when Washington has been intensely lobbying at the United Nations to extend an arms embargo on Iran and as the U.N. Security Council prepares to hold a vote on the U.S. resolution next week.

“We’re going to continue to make the case for this,” Hook told reporters on Thursday morning, hours before his departure was announced. “We hope that the council can find a way.”It was not immediately clear when Hook’s tenure would formally end and whether he would see through the vote or not.

Pompeo did not give a reason for Hook’s decision to leave but wrote in a tweet that Hook was moving on to the private sector. He described him as a “trusted adviser and a good friend” who has achieved “historic results” in countering Tehran and secured the release of U.S. citizens detained by Iran.

Hook, 52, was appointed to the top Iran role at the State Department in late 2018 and has been instrumental in Washington’s intensifying pressure campaign on Tehran after President Donald Trump pulled out of the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and the world powers.

Opponents criticized Hook and the administration for overly harsh and indiscriminate sanctions, which they said were hurting ordinary Iranians and failing to change the behavior of the Iranian government.The U.S. bid at the Security Council to extend the arms embargo is a key test that some diplomats say will likely fail as it lacks the necessary support and veto powers Russia and China have already signaled their opposition.

If the United States is unsuccessful in its bid, it has threatened to trigger a return of all U.N. sanctions under a process known as snapback. Some diplomats have suggested Washington will likely start the snapback process, which could take up to 30 days, by the end of August.

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Abrams, 72, a Republican foreign policy veteran, was named U.S. special representative for Venezuela in January 2019 and has led a hard-line approach aimed at ousting Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.U.S. officials have said privately that Trump has been frustrated by the failure to remove Maduro, who retains the support of the Venezuelan military, as well from Russia, China, Cuba and Iran.

Abrams has recently been dealing with U.S. concerns about a growing alliance between Iran and Venezuela, both OPEC members under heavy U.S. sanctions. Iran in recent months has sent fuel tankers to gasoline-short Venezuela, drawing U.S. ire.Reporting by Humeyra Pamuk; additional reporting by Matt Spetalnick; writing by Michelle Nichols; editing by Diane Craft, Dan Grebler and Jonathan Oatis

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That pic of him with the foreign flag on his mask plus this one explain where his loyalties lay. Nice mask Magi_arts Amazing optics US Iran envoy You spelled Israel wrong. 'No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.' (Matthew 6:24)

How can we be sure he's the US envoy? j If this was not mask for event with just US and Israel specifically.. Which country does he work for? Both? Why is he an envoy to Iran. Hes wearing a mask with everyone's enemy on it. I'm sure this helps US relations with the Iranians & has in no way added to the increasing violence between our nations. Also, why does Israel have a national flag, its not a nation but a terrorist state.

Looooool 💰 neocons Look his mask and then say the Russians are meddling in US elections 5 times with a straight face. And they say it's 'antisemitic' to talk about dual loyalties? Look at that mask! 😂😂 Why does he have an Israeli flag on his mask? Is he a traitor? MIGA We all know the US Iranian policy is driven from Jerusalem.

ZOG is just a conspiracy theory, my fellow goyim. We're an Israeli colony. Aarick20 The US Envoy to Iran has an Israeli flag on his mask. I mean come on. Can we just admit now that Jews run the US? Aarick20 Look at that (((designer))) mask! Aarick20 Why does he have an Israeli flag... Lol “greatest ally”

Should have been fired long ago, 'cause he did a lousy job. This guy didn't do anything. Just talk talk talk. No more talk. Action. Should have been fired. Incompetent. Get somebody with balls. In this world, gotta be tough. Take names and kick ass. Nobody walks all over US. Negotiate with strength. Ratz... .

This man was a disgrace. By his actions to undo a treaty that his government had signed, he inflicted huge damage to his country's reputation. Who trusts America now? Not even Americans. US -Iran Envoy hearing a mask with US and Israeli flags🤔

Brian Hook Steps Down as Special U.S. Envoy to IranBrian Hook is stepping down from his post as the State Department’s special representative for Iran , Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday Another one failed for a regime change in Iran after 40 years ... now Iran is moving to China won't even do more negotiations ! We will hit you hard in ME Slightly smiling face USA means War, Destruction, Ocupation of oil gas and other natural resources of the world, Capturing land by building military bases in other cuntries🔥 CHINA means peace, prosperity, starting development projects, selling cheap mobiles and other things with same specifications💝

US special envoy for Iran stepping downThe State Department's special envoy for Iran is stepping down from his post, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Thursday. Does anyone really believe Joe Biden has the mentally fitness to be President of the United States if he can't even pronounce the term 'mental fitness' during an interview? I wonder if this guy knew he was resigning? Democrats can't spin their way out of this....Their weeks of inaction have brought Americans to another cliff in relief aid. First, it was the extra unemployment for workers. Now, it’s the PPP that has kept millions of Americans off unemployment. The nation deserves an outcome.

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Pompeo says U.S. to present U.N. resolution next week to extend Iran arms embargoSecretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday the United States would put forth a United Nations Security Council resolution next week calling for an extension of the arms embargo on Iran . SnapBack the way to go! FreeIran2020 China and Russia are helping Iran to evade the impacts of the sanctions... They ain't feeling the hit. US smells blood anywhere its nose comes to. In the reality, it's a big fat cleanly plugged chicken.

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Brian Hook Steps Down as Special U.S. Envoy to IranBrian Hook is stepping down from his post as the State Department’s special representative for Iran , Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday Another one failed for a regime change in Iran after 40 years ... now Iran is moving to China won't even do more negotiations ! We will hit you hard in ME Slightly smiling face USA means War, Destruction, Ocupation of oil gas and other natural resources of the world, Capturing land by building military bases in other cuntries🔥 CHINA means peace, prosperity, starting development projects, selling cheap mobiles and other things with same specifications💝