Tehran (IP) - The secretary of the Supreme National Security Council of Iran in his latest tweet reacted to the step down of the US administration's special representative for Iran, saying that Brian Hook like John Bolton left the US administration unsuccessfully.

Iran Press/Iran News: Ali Shaklhani, the secretary of the Supreme National Security Council of Iran, stated that the US strategy of maximum pressure on Iran has failed.

Emphasizing active resistance, he stated the goal of the US' maximum pressure strategy towards Iran changed and reduced to prevent Iran from becoming rich.

Shamkhani added: "Brian [Hook] like John [Bolton] left US administration unsuccessfully. Maybe Mike [Pompeo] will have to pack his bags before Donald [Trump] leaves office."

US administration's Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook has stepped down on the eve of an administration effort to persuade an unwilling UN Security Council to extend the expiring conventional weapons ban on Tehran, the Washington Post reported on Friday.

In a statement announcing his departure, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo described it as Hook’s decision and did not offer a reason. "Following a transition period," Pompeo said, the Iran portfolio would be taken over by Elliot Abrams, the administration’s special envoy for Venezuela, who would hold both jobs.


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