The Takeaway: US envoy: Iran ‘missing good opportunities’ to talk with Washington

Highlights: Hook says there is no national security argument for letting UN arms embargo on Iran expire; Bibi goes for broke on Iran; Iraqi PM vows to bring Hashemi’s killers to justice; Baalbeck Festival offers inspiration to Lebanon.

al-monitor US special representative for Iran Brian Hook (L) performs an elbow shake with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R), clad in face mask bearing the US and Israeli flags, at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem on June 30, 2020 Photo by Abir Sultan/Pool/AFP via Getty Images.

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us-iranian rapprochement, us-iranian conflict, mike pompeo, brian hook, iranian-us relations