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#Iran's Transfer of Arms to Proxy Groups and Ongoing Missile Development

Special Rep. for Iran Brian Hook unveiling new evidence of the Iranian regime's malign activities in the Middle East.
Special Rep. for Iran Brian Hook:

#Iran, an outlaw regime, has increased its malign support for the Houthis & other proxy groups across the Middle East.
Iran's Sayad-2C missile is being unveiled today.
Tehran sought to deliver it the Houthis to target Coalition aircrafts.
Special Rep. for Iran Brian Hook:

Saudi forces have confiscated two types of #Iran-made anti-tank missiles.
Afghan forces have found Iran-made rockets & a new unmanned aerial system provided by Tehran to militia groups in Afghanistan.
Special Rep. for Iran Brian Hook:

Sniper rifles, RPG, AK-47s & hand grenades were found by Bahrain authorities as Tehran sought to provides these logistics to Shiite militia groups to attack the Bahraini government.
Special Rep. for Iran Brian Hook:

The new weapons disclosed the scale of #Iran's destructive role across the region. The regime uses these tactics to export its extremist mentality & deepen its presence throughout the region.
Special Rep. for Iran Brian Hook:

This is why the de-escalation efforts in Yemen are so important.
Iran seeks a Shiite corridor to expand its influence through Yemen.
Iran has intensified the humanitarian catastrophe.
Iran funds & arms the Houthis.
Special Rep. for Iran Brian Hook:

The Houthis in partnership with #Iran seek more hostility in Yemen.
In the months ahead we must be careful not to affirm Iran's role as a legitimate political actor in Yemen. Iran must have no foothold in Yemen.
Special Rep. for Iran Brian Hook:

We cannot watch a new version of Lebanese Hezbollah slowly emerge in the Arabian Peninsula.
Iran has provided rockets/missile to Hezbollah, now having more than 100,000.
If Iran is allowed to continue, we can expect the Lebonization of Yemen.
Special Rep. for Iran Brian Hook:

Iran has threatened repeatedly to close the Strait of Hormuz. Give Iran a free hand in Yemen & it can threaten to also close the Bab al-Mandab strait.
We must prevent Iran from entrenching in Yemen.
Special Rep. for Iran Brian Hook:

#Iran has continued its missile development, even after the 2015 nuclear deal.
Iran has ballistic missiles to carry nuclear warheads. Iran's ongoing missile development puts Europe in its range.
Special Rep. for Iran Brian Hook:

Any environment #Iran gains foothold in can act as platforms to launch missiles. Hamas launched Iran-made rockets into Israel. Iran has missile sites in Lebanon for Hezbollah. Iran has launched missile interests in Iraq, too.
Special Rep. for Iran Brian Hook:

#Iran is also dumping cash into conflict zones. Billions to the Assad regime; more $100 million to Hamas & Islamic Jihad; manages tens of thousands of Shiite fighters in Syria, some as young as 12.
Special Rep. for Iran Brian Hook:

The U.S. is sanctioning #Iran's malign activities heavily in the past few months.
While we are also expanding economic limitations against Tehran. More than 700 individuals, entities and vehicles of Iran.
Special Rep. for Iran Brian Hook:

Our maximum pressure will continue until #Iran's regime changes its policies.
For 39 years Iran has shaped events through its bellicosity.
Pres. Trump has made it clear this will no longer be tolerated.
Special Rep. for Iran Brian Hook:

#Iran needs to start behaving like a normal country & surrender its title as the world's number one supporter of terrorism.
The current int'l environment has created unexpectedly low expectations for Tehran.
Special Rep. for Iran Brian Hook:

We cannot simply admire the Iranian threat any longer. No outlaw regime like Tehran can freely undermine the sovereignty of other nations. The Middle East will be best served if Iran respects international law.
Special Rep. for Iran Brian Hook:

#Iran must end its choice of being an international pariah.
The Iranian people have a rich history. They deserve a government that doesn't represent destructive policies.
Special Rep. for Iran Brian Hook:

The clerical regime has chosen to follow this path, but the Iranian people are not destined to follow it.
Special Rep. for Iran Brian Hook:

We are putting out in broad daylight #Iran's missiles, rockets, small arms, rockets & drones. Iran is a grave & escalating threat.
We are one missile attack away from a regional conflict.
Special Rep. for Iran Brian Hook:

The int'l community must do more to get after Iran's proliferation of missiles.
During the JCPOA, #Iran has expanded its threats to peace & security across the board, including human rights violations.
Special Rep. for Iran Brian Hook:

We will address the entire range of #Iran's threats. Our pressure campaign will starve the regime of its revenues to terrorize the region.
Special Rep. for Iran Brian Hook:

Now that our sanctions back in place, we are focused on enforcement. We are also following sanctions evasion. We are putting in place such strategies, including missile proliferation & going after the money.
Special Rep. for Iran Brian Hook:

We have taken over 1 million barrels off of #Iran's export list. More will come off soon.
This display today educates people on the clear & present danger of Tehran's regime. Missile sanctions against Iran should move through the EU.
Special Rep. for Iran Brian Hook:

#Iran's regime must decide if their malign activities are in their favor. Tehran had a good run for years, partly enabled by the JCPOA. We have had enormous cooperation from European companies. Over 100 companies have ended business in Iran.
Special Rep. for Iran Brian Hook:

We are doing this conference again because our inventory has expanded. That is the nature of #Iran's regime. We need to reduce the inventory here. This is a function of Tehran's campaign to export arms across the Middle East.
Special Rep. for Iran Brian Hook:

#Iran is threatening the entire Middle East with its weapons. We need to get serious about going after these threats.
Abandoning Yemen would damage U.S. national interests & our partners in the region.
Special Rep. for Iran Brian Hook:

In Yemen, we seek to bolster peace capacity. We need to support our partners' rights to defend themselves against Houthi attacks supported by #Iran's regime. We also urge an end to the fighting.
Special Rep. for Iran Brian Hook:

We have been clear with #Iran's regime & we will not hesitate to use military force when our interests are threatened. The military option is on the table. Our preference is to use all of the diplomatic tools available now.
Special Rep. for Iran Brian Hook:

Preserving the JCPOA cannot come at the expense of regional stability. As we see here today, this is a grave & escalating threat that we must do more to address.
"...the necessity for senior Iranian regime officials to save face in times of increasing domestic unrest parallel to elevating international isolation."…
"The bottom line is that Iran is facing major domestic and foreign dilemmas, to say the least, and its tactic is to screen one impasse through creating yet another."…
"Various aspects of the dozen hitherto-unknown sites involved in ballistic missile production, testing and launches, all controlled by the IRGC, were also unveiled."…
"All of the Iranian regime’s animosities deserve due attention in parallel fashion. Its regional meddling and support for terrorism should be top priority."…
"... to maintain a straight face, Iran will resort to any and all desperate measures."…
"A senior Iranian Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) general has recently informed a Kuwaiti newspaper of the launching of rocket and missile factories for the Lebanese Hizb’allah."…
"... if the international community is truly serious about taking significant and meaningful action to curb and ultimately uproot the Iranian missile threat, designating the IRGC as a foreign terrorist organization is the correct path forward."…
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