(Persia Digest) - The United States is expecting support from Turkey in the second round of sanctions against Tehran, targeting the country's oil sales, a senior U.S. official said on Monday.

Ahval News reports that Iran uses oil revenue to support and fund terrorist proxies throughout the Middle East and that the U.S. goal is for countries to cut Iranian oil imports to zero as quickly as possible, U.S. special envoy for Iran Brian Hook, told German broadcaster Deutsche Welle.

Hook thanked Turkey for the release of U.S. Pastor Andrew Brunson, who was held in detention for two years on terrorism charges, noted that the second sanctions package against Iran, set to come into effect on Nov.5, will target Tehran’s energy sector, central bank and foreign finance transactions, as well as the financial resources of the Tehran regime.

Responding to question on whether the United States is prepared to help Turkey with any financial damages it may incur if it participates in the second wave of sanctions against Iran, Hook said certain countries have visited the United States on the matter to discuss their individual concerns.

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Hook stressed that they are pleased that more than 100 foreign companies have decided to leave Iran and U.S. administration will now focus on oil, which contributes to about 80 percent Iranian public revenue.

The U.S. President Donald Trump announced in May that the United States would withdraw from the 2015 nuclear deal, reimposing economic sanctions against the country that were lifted under the pact.

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