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USA officials say Mr Pompeo's speech is the latest step in a communications offensive launched by the Trump administration that is meant to foster unrest in Iran, and help pressure its government to end its nuclear programme and support of militant groups.

The return of sanctions will make things only slightly harder for them, as major global banks were already too scared of U.S. penalties to work with Iran even before Trump tore up the agreement.

He noted that Washington is ready to move to Tehran, but it "requires huge changes in the Iranian regime".

The U.S. walked out of the 2015 nuclear deal in May and is bringing back "maximum pressure" sanctions for most sectors on August 6, and the energy sector on November 4.

In short, Trump withdrew from the Iran deal, likely imposed tremendous cost and stress on Tehran's economy, and Iran has responded by staying in the deal and trying to portray itself as a good actor worthy of the world's support against USA hegemony.

Protests have swept through Iran's major cities for the third consecutive day, while the police imposed tight security measures in Tehran.

The plunge in the currency and soaring inflation have sparked sporadic demonstrations against profiteering and corruption, with many protesters chanting anti-government slogans. "That's the behavioral change that we're looking for from the Iranian regime", Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Metro TV in Jakarta.

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"This is just about Iranians' dissatisfaction with their own government, and the President is pretty clear, we want the Iranian people to have a strong voice in who their leadership will be", Pompeo said.

That's according to two European diplomats involved in negotiations with the Trump administration over how sanctions would be re-imposed.

On Aug. 7, Washington will reimpose sanctions on Iran's purchase of US dollars, its trade in gold and precious metals and its dealings with metals, coal and industrial-related software.

Trump has ordered USA sanctions on Tehran, while a senior State Department official said Washington has told allies to cut imports of Iranian oil by November.

He later said in a message on Twitter that the United States was "deeply concerned about reports of Iranian regime's violence against unarmed citizens" and urged respect for human rights.

In this July 30, 2018, photo, an Iranian street money exchanger holds a USA banknote in downtown Tehran, Iran. The sanctions follow after the president's decision earlier this year to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal.

The report said a protest was taking place in Karaj, 50 kilometers (30 miles) west of Tehran, when someone fired from a vehicle.

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