Aug 07, 2020 13:03 UTC
  • Pompeo may also be forced to leave after Hook’s departure: Shamkhani

Iran says its “active resistance” against Washington’s maximum pressure has resulted in the departure of US State Department’s representative for Iran Brian Hook, and may force his boss Mike Pompeo to resign as well.

In a tweet on Friday, 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 rich”, Shamkhani noted.

After Hook, “Mike [Pompeo] may also be forced to pack and leave before Donald [Trump]’s departure,” he added.

Alireza Miryousefi, spokesman for Iran’s mission to the United Nations in New York, played down Hook’s departure, saying it “does not concern us and is not something we consider as a game-changer".

“The so-called ‘maximum pressure’ campaign waged by the US government has failed,” he told Reuters.

“Iran is not on its knees, and will not do so regardless of who is in charge of implementing this bankrupt policy. Active Resistance,” he added.