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Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton commended President Donald Trump for siding with the anti-government protesters in Iran.

Trump has tweeted several times in recent days in support of peaceful demonstrators speaking out against the government in Tehran.

On "Fox & Friends," Bolton explained that these protests are different than the post-election protests in Iran in 2009, which questioned the legitimacy of the election of then-Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and who should lead the regime.

"These protests are about whether the regime survives or not, and that makes them much more threatening to the ayatollahs, much more dangerous, and raises the stakes considerably," Bolton said.

He said that Trump's support of the protesters signals a huge - and positive - change from the Obama administration, but more must still be done.

He called for Trump to pull out of the Iranian nuclear deal, resume all previous sanctions to put increased economic pressure on the regime, provide material and financial support to the opposition and work with intelligence services from other countries.

"There's a lot we can do to, and we should do it," Bolton said. "Our goal should be regime change in Iran."

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