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A new US campaign to pressure Iran to halt its nuclear program

US President Donald Trump’s administration has launched a campaign of speeches and online communications aimed at increasing pressure on Iran to halt its nuclear activities, officials said on Wednesday.

In May, the US secretary of state set out 12 conditions for a “new agreement” with Iran, with tougher demands on the nuclear issue, an end to ballistic missiles and Iran’s intervention in Middle East conflicts.

On Sunday officials said that “the campaign aims to stir up trouble and help pressure Iran to stop its nuclear program and supported by terrorist groups”.

More than six current and former officials said the campaign, backed by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Adviser John Bolton, was aimed at working in concert with the Trump campaign to clamp down on Iran economically by re-imposing severe sanctions on it.

In May, the US secretary of state set out 12 conditions for a “new agreement” with Iran, with tougher demands on the nuclear issue, an end to ballistic missiles and Iran’s intervention in Middle East conflicts.

The campaign has intensified since Trump’s withdrawal on May 8 from the 2015 agreement signed by seven countries to prevent Iran from making nuclear weapons.

The White House declined to comment on the campaign. The State Department also declined to comment on it specifically, including Pompeo’s role.