Elliot Abrams will replace Brian Hook as the US administration’s special envoy for Iran.
Abrams currently oversees Venezuela, having been appointed to the position in January 2019 when Washington tried to remove President Nicolas Maduro from power.
Abrams also pleaded guilty to the Iran-Contra case. He was later pardoned by President George W. Bush.
Brian Hook, as conceived by the White House, was to pursue a policy of maximum pressure on Iran, which ultimately led to conflicting results.
Hook goes to the private sector. Abrams will retain both directions.