The US special envoy for Iran, Brian Hook said that the Iranian regime may have killed more than 1,000 people in the protests that started weeks ago in Iran, sparked by a call to improve living conditions in the wake of a government’s decision to increase fuel prices.
” This is the worst political crisis the regime has faced in 40 years," said Brian Hook, US Special Representative for Iran, and Senior Policy Advisor to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
Hook cited during a press conference, on Thursday December 5th, video footage sent to the US State Department, after an invitation from Pompeo to the Iranians to send reports of protests, noting a voice in the video footage expressing that Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard had fired bullets at protesters, using a "machine gun".
Meanwhile Hook condemned Iran’s ongoing development of a missile program, praising the US Navy for intercepting a ship carrying "advanced" weapons components, including air defence components and anti-tank missiles.
Hook's statements came after a Pentagon statement expressing concern about the "threat" out of Iran and declaring that the U S is considering adding US forces into the Gulf region, to counter the Iranian threat.
France, Germany and the UK have expressed concern about the ballistic missile program, after reports of Iran's developing missiles capable of carrying nuclear weapons.
The Pentagon announced, on Wednesday December 4th, that the US navy intercepted a ship in the Arabian Sea late last month, saying it had a large number of missile components that are ‘believed to be Iranian’.
Hook added that the ship was heading to Yemen, and described the weapons on board as "the most advanced" among the weapons that the US Navy seized so far in relation to the conflict in Yemen.
He also considered the discovery of these weapons as another evidence of Iran's efforts to ignite conflicts in the region, and on how Iran violates the United Nations arms embargo imposed on Yemen.