Secretary Pompeo Announces Creation of the Iran Action Group

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Secretary Michael R. Pompeo announces the creation of the Iran Action Group in the Press Briefing Room, at the Department of State, August 16, 2018.
Secretary Michael R. Pompeo announces the creation of the Iran Action Group in the Press Briefing Room, at the Department of State, August 16, 2018. (State Department photo)

Secretary Pompeo Announces Creation of the Iran Action Group

On August 16, Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo announced  the creation of the Iran Action Group.

“The Iran Action Group will be responsible for directing, reviewing, and coordinating all aspects of the State Department’s Iran-related activity, and it will report directly to me.”

– Secretary Pompeo

In his remarks, Secretary Pompeo underscored the United States’ commitment to a whole-of-government effort to change the Iranian regime’s behavior. The Iran action group, he shared,  will drive daily progress to ensure that the Department of State remains closely synchronized with our interagency partners and lead the way in growing efforts with nations which share our understanding of the Iranian threat. “President Trump is making our Iran strategy a true multinational undertaking, and the Iran Action Group will be key to further progress in that regard,” Secretary Pompeo said.

The Secretary also announced, Brian Hook will lead the Iran Action Group with the formal title of Special Representative for Iran.

Brian Hook Special Representative for Iran discussed  the creation of the Iran Action Group with journalists at the Department’s press briefing on April 16.

“Our new strategy addresses all manifestations of the Iranian threat and the new Iran Action Group will be focused on implementing that strategy. We have an elite team of foreign affairs professionals here at the State Department and across the administration. The Iran Action Group will play a critical role in leading our efforts within the department and executing the President’s Iran strategy across the interagency.”

– Special Representative Brian Hook

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