U.S. State Department's special representative on Iran, Brian Hook, said the economic sanctions that his country has imposed on Tehran have had "a lot of progress", deeming Iran's decreased military budget and Hezbollah's public calls for donations as clear evidence.
"What you can expect to see as the result of our sanctions on Iran is further denying the regime of its revenues. I think you have recently seen Iran's best client, the Lebanese Hezbollah, making public appeal for donations. This is I think a consequence of our sanctions," Hook said in an interview on Al-Hurra TV channel.
"You know that the Iranian regime has decreased the budget for its defense and for the IRGC. We certainly are making a lot of progress in our campaign of economic pressures on Iran."
"We know that our campaign of maximum economic pressure is having a significant effect on the Iranian regime. We are denying the regime billions and billions of dollars partly through our oil and financial sanctions, and also we are closing a lot of loopholes," he said.
"To deter the regime from evading our sanctions we are taking a much different approach than the previous administration did to the enforcement of our sanctions," Hook explained.
The U.S. official accused Iran regional foreign of not respecting the sovereignty or the autonomy of other states, adding that it has constantly sought to undermine various states.