U.S. Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook recently summarized how countries around the world — from Panama to Germany to Singapore — have joined the U.S. in depriving the Iranian regime of resources to further its global terrorist campaign.
“Our sanctions are draining Iran’s support to its proxies, and for the first time in a very long time, [Iran has] less access to revenue to spread terror and militancy,” said Hook.
The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), which the United States has designated as a terrorist organization, controls half of Iran’s economy, said Hook, making it easy for the IRGC to divert funds from domestic investment to spread terror abroad. As companies refuse to do business with Iran — taking billions of investment dollars with them — the IRGC loses the cash it needs to plot terror around the world and prolong regional conflicts through its proxies in Yemen, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon.
“We are confident that our shared assessment of the threat from Iran will continue to translate into even more shared action,” Hook said. “America has not acted alone to counter Iran’s malign behavior,” he said. “We thank each of these nations.”