Brian Hook, U.S. Special Representative for Iran

Brian Hook

U.S. Special Representative for Iran

Brian Hook was born in 1958. He earned an undergraduate degree from the University of St. Thomas, a master’s degree in philosophy from Boston College, and a law degree from the University of Iowa, College of Law. He founded an international consulting firm based in Washington, D.C. He engaged in the private practice of corporate law in Washington.

He has worked on the fringes of politics, but without holding any elected office, preferring to be an advisor and board member for political leaders dealing with foreign policy.

During the George W. Bush Administration, Hook served as Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs; Senior Advisor to the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations; Special Assistant to the President for Policy in the White House Chief of Staff’s office; and as Counsel, Office of Legal Policy at the Justice Department.

In the Donald Trump Administration, Hook served as the Director of Policy Planning under Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. As of 2019, he serves as the U.S. Special Representative for Iran and Senior Policy Advisor to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

He is married and the father of three. He is a Catholic.

In the News…

In an interview with an Israeli reporter, U.S. Special Representative to Iran Brian Hook said the U.S. will not permit Iran to obtain a nuclear weapon even though a lapse in an arms embargo could be forthcoming.

When asked if the United States would consider taking military measures against Iran in order to stop the country from acquiring nuclear weapons, the U.S. envoy to Iran said, “Yes, of course,” adding “the military option is always on the table.”

Hook said the U.S. intends to use all legal abilities to extend its arms embargo against Iran. If that does not work, he said the U.S. would invoke a UN “snapback” measure within the Iran nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). That would resume UN sanctions on Iran, even though the U.S. withdrew from the deal in 2018.

At this point, the U.S. would prefer having Russia and China agree to extend the embargo which is set to expire in October.

Contact this Leader…

Did you pray for Special Representative Hook today? You can let him know at:

The Honorable Brian Hook
U.S. Special Representative for Iran
U.S. State Department
2201 C Street NW
Washington, DC 20520


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