The U.S. Special Representative for Iran, Brian Hook, briefed journalists on U.S. strategy towards Iran. Hook asserted that "we are imposing costs on the regime for behaving as an outlaw expansionist regime. The regime is weaker today than when we took office two years ago. Its proxies are also weaker. Unless the regime demonstrates a change in policy and behaviour, the financial challenges facing Tehran will mount". He also opined that "when we look at the challenges in the region, from the peace process to conflicts in Syria and Yemen, to violence in Bahrain and Iraq, Iran’s operations lie at or very near the heart of the problem... Iran can no longer be allowed to play the role of chief spoiler". Hook went on to add that "we think it's... in the interest of the Iranian people to join this effort of pressure, because we are seeing the results".
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