U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Thursday that Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook has resigned. He is being replaced by Elliott Abrams, a veteran foreign-policy expert and policy hawk who currently is the State Department’s special representative for Venezuela.

Since August 2018, Hook has been a primary Trump administration figure putting pressure on the Iranian regime’s nuclear, terror-related and other ambitions.

His resignation comes as the Trump administration is attempting to gain international support to extend the soon-to-expire arms embargo on Iran.

“I thank Special Representative Brian Hook for his 3+ years of service to the State Department and @realDonaldTrump as he moves on to the private sector. He has been a valued member of my leadership team,” tweeted Pompeo.

Abrams previously served in the administrations of presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush. He is most well-known for his role in the Iran-Contra affair and was pardoned by the elder Bush in 1992.

He will maintain his current position in regard to Venezuela as well.

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