Sanctions on Iran have produced ‘excellent results’ says Brian Hook

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Updated 09 June 2020

Sanctions on Iran have produced ‘excellent results’ says Brian Hook

  • Hook also said Iran was at the forefront of sponsoring terrorism

WASHINGTON: The US is working to renew the arms embargo on Iran, the special envoy to Iran Brian Hook said on Tuesday, adding that sanctions on the Iranian regime had produced "excellent results."

Speaking to Brett D. Schaefer of the Heritage Foundation during an online session, Hook said: "The sanctions on Tehran have led to excellent results and we have deprived the Iranian regime of billions of dollars thanks to the sanctions."

Hook also said Iran was at the forefront of sponsoring terrorism and added that lifting the arms embargo on Tehran would provide the Islamic Republic "an opportunity to destabilize the region."

He said: "Iran is an isolated country and does not enjoy international support," also saying that the US dispute with other countries over policy on Iran was "tactical and not substantive." He continued: "Russia and China want to sell arms to Iran, and the embargo does not suit them."

Hook, citing Iran's attempts to target Saudi Arabia through proxies, said that "not arming Iran contributes to bringing stability to the Middle East," and that preventing the armament of the regime would stop it attacking its neighbors through its proxies.

He said US President Donald Trump had been "very strong against Iran," adding that "the Iranian regime is languishing under great pressure and the door is open to diplomacy ... President Trump will continue to pressure and Iran must respond."

 


Burhan holds talks with US officials in UAE

Updated 13 min 18 sec ago

Burhan holds talks with US officials in UAE

  • Al-Burhan discussed with the delegation the future of Arab-Israeli peace
  • Talks have discussed the removal of Sudan from a US list of state sponsors of terror

DUBAI: Sudan’s Lieutenant-General Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman Al-Burhan has held talks with American officials in Abu Dhabi regarding the removal of Sudan from US official terrorism list, Al-Arabiya TV reported.

He also discussed with the delegation the future of Arab-Israeli peace and Sudan’s role in achieving this. “We affirmed the right of the Palestinian people to obtain their rights according to the two-state solution,” he said.

The Sudanese delegation is led by the transitional council’s chairman Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan and includes Sudanese ministers, as well as experts and specialists in negotiation.

Since the downfall of President Omar Al-Bashir last year and the installation of a transitional government, the US has said it is open to removing Sudan from the list.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Khartoum last month and discussed removing sanctions against Sudan, which are in place as a result of the terror designation.Sudan has been on the list since 1993.