US special representative for Iran interrupted by anti-war activist
Washington's special representative for Iran, Brian Hook's conference speech descended into chaos after an anti-war activist took the stage in protest.
IranPress/America: The protester tells Brian Hook: “Do you think the sanctions are hurting the regime or the Iranian people? They are hurting the Iranian people....you are making a case for war with Iran.”
Hook reacted by telling: I think she had her coffee this morning.
The US State Department has formed an “Iran Action Group” to coordinate and run an aggressive US policy toward the Islamic Republic
The group is headed by senior policy adviser Brian Hook, who is currently the State Department's director of policy planning.
Several members of the Trump administration and Trump’s circle have been outspoken hawks on Iran.
Pompeo along with US national security adviser, John Bolton has been a vocal critic of the Iran and the internationally negotiated Iran nuclear deal of 2015 and advocated immediate regime change.
On May 8, US President Donald Trump pulled the US out of the The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) reached between Tehran and the world powers in 2015.
Washington has since told countries they must stop buying the OPEC producer's oil from November 4 or face financial consequences.
Under the JCPOA, Iran undertook to put limits on its nuclear program in exchange for the removal of nuclear-related sanctions imposed against Tehran.
Besides sanctions, Trump administration is pursuing regime change in Iran. Referring to recent riots in some cites in Iran, Pompeo claimed that Iranians are not happy and US want them to have a strong voice in who their leadership will be.
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said in a meeting with members of Iran’s Assembly of Experts that enemies of Iran have unleashed an all-out economic and media war against Iran with the aim of creating “despair” and “pessimism” among people.