The U.S Special Representative for Iran, Brian Hook, described as Iran as “a rich country that is governed by thieves… The regime understands that it faces a crisis of legitimacy and credibility with its own people. Our campaign of maximum economic pressure and diplomatic isolation has expanded the space for the Iranian people to have a more representative government”. He went on to state that “Iran will not come to the table without economic pressure, diplomatic isolation and the credible threat of military deterrence… we have put all three of these in place, and that increases the odds of us getting the deal that we need”. “Iran faces a choice”, Hook posited. “They can continue to watch their economy collapse and their proxies be starved for cash. And we’re going to continue that policy because it’s working… the regime needs to decide when it wants to come to the table”.
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