The U.S. Special Representative for Iran, Brian Hook, remarked with respect to Iran that “the hallmark of this regime's foreign policy is to intimidate people into accepting the usual level of violence for fear of something worse. If you play by those rules, Iran wins… We are saying to Iran it's over. You’re not going to be running an expansionist revolutionary foreign policy at will. We are going to hit back harder than you hit us”. Hook further indicated that “we have put in place a ton of leverage to achieve ultimately a new agreement with Iran that would address the nuclear threat, missile threat, regional aggression and the hostage taking. I think we're positioned very well for that kind of outcome, but if that outcome does not materialise, we have really dented this regime in terms of its power projection and the money that it would otherwise spend on its mission set, and we've made their foreign policy prohibitively expensive and very successful at that”.
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