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Hook Says Looking Into Why Relatives Of Top Iran Officials Are In U.S.

Brian Hook, special representative for Iran, leaves the podium after speaking about the creation of the Iran Action Group at the State Department, in Washington, Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018.

The top State Department official dealing with Iran announced that the issue of family members of senior Iranian officials residing in the United States will be looked upon.

Brian Hook, U.S. Special Representative for Iran in a video message released on the State Department Persian language website and social media said many Iranians have sent messages asking why the U.S. does not deport or revoke the visas of the relatives of regime officials.

“I have to admit that this is another example of the hypocrisy of the regime, Hook answered the question, adding, “While regime officials chant ‘Death to America’, they send their families to the so called ‘Great Satan’ to live and study here, using the resources of the Iranian people”.

Hook went on to say, “I can tell you we are working on it” and added, “we are pursuing all options to pressure the corrupt officials hypocrites in your government to change their behavior”.

In early December, NBC News reported that families of American being held in Iran have asked the Trump administration to revoke visas for relatives of prominent Iranian officials.

According to the report the families have handed over to the U.S. government a list of relatives of top Iranian officials. The list includes relatives of the powerful Speaker of Parliament, Ali Larijani whose daughter is a resident in internal medicine in Ohio. Hassan Rouhani’s nephew who studied at City College of New York and now works in New York. The list also includes the son of prominent Iranian politician Massumeh Ebtekar who studies in Los Angeles.