Obama, Rouhani speak over the phone

Iran, US reach greatest diplomacy in over 30 years

Obama in 2012
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The leaders of the United States and Iran communicated directly for the first time since 1979 as President Barack Obama called Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

After the historic conversation, Obama said he sees a “unique opportunity” to make progress with Iran on setting restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program, a major sticking point in the diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Rouhani said Iran is not interested in acquiring or building a nuclear weapon, as Western powers have suspected. He is widely regarded as more moderate than his predecessor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad; Rouhani recognized the existence of the Holocaust in a recent UN appearance, while his predecessor had called it “a myth.”

See the story at BBC News.