Pompeo: Iran Needs 'Enormous Change' To Reverse Reimposed U.S. Sanctions

Protesters in the Iranian capital swarmed its historic Grand Bazaar on Monday news agencies reported and forced shopkeepers to close their stalls in appa

Washington has told countries they must halt all imports of Iranian oil from 4 November or face United States financial measures.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpPastor at Trump rally prays to shield Trump from "jungle journalism" Bill Russell: Being criticized by Trump is the "biggest compliment you can get" Salmon farmers in California fear Trump will destroy their industry MORE pulled the US out of the Obama-era nuclear deal, which offered sanctions relief in exchange for Tehran reining in its nuclear program.

Sanctions on Iran's oil industry and central bank are set to be restored on November 4.

Iran's economy has rapidly deteriorated in recent months partially due to fears over the imposition of further USA sanctions, igniting street protests in many Iranian cities over economic hardships.

The Iranian rial has been particularly hard hit on expectations of USA restrictions on currency transactions.

On the future of diplomatic relations between Tehran and Riyadh, Qassemi said Switzerland has been representing Iran's interests in Saudi Arabia under an agreement reached with Bern eight months ago.

Pompeo said it would require "enormous change" by Iran to get out from under renewed USA sanctions. He insisted that most diplomats at the Singapore summit agree with the United States.

The United States is set to reimpose sanctions on Tuesday following President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the 2015 nuclear deal in May.

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The officials who spoke to Reuters said the campaign, consisting of speeches and online material paints Iranian leaders in a harsh light, at times using information that is exaggerated or contradicts other official pronouncements, including comments by previous administrations.

The United States has told other countries they must halt imports of Iranian oil starting in early November or face U.S. financial measures.

Pompeo said the intensified pressure on Tehran was created to "push back against Iranian malign activity".

"We're happy to talk, if there's an arrangement that is appropriate, that can lead to a good outcome", Pompeo said.

Under such circumstances negotiations can not be held, he said, adding that the Iranian people will resist the pressures and will conquer finally. "Perhaps that will be the path the Iranians choose to move down with".

"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".

Key Trump administration figures, including national security advisor John Bolton, have called for regime change in the past, although the official line is that Washington only wants a change in its "behaviour".

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