September 27th, 2013
05:36 PM ET

Shift in policy? Obama, Rouhani talk on phone

President Barack Obama spoke by telephone with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, the first direct conversation between leaders of the United States and Iran since 1979.

Obama believes a comprehensive agreement is possible regarding Iran's nuclear ambitions, telling reporters at the White House that "the test will be meaningful, transparent and verifiable action" and if proven would ease international sanctions in place against Iran.

Western leaders have expressed cautious optimism about Iran's more moderate tone under Rouhani. Among other things, recent comments by Rouhani have given some hope that a deal could be struck over the Middle Eastern nation's nuclear program.


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soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    I trust President Obama completely to conduct these communications to our benefit, and to Iran's. Congratulations to our President on his diplomatic successes!

    September 27, 2013 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "The Lunatic Fringe"

      Some individuals can be so naïve.

      September 28, 2013 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      Yeah we know Jeff.

      September 29, 2013 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  2. chrissy

    Whats fair for one must be fair for all i guess. In an ideal world no one would have nuclear weapons, unfortunately we don't live in an ideal world.

    September 27, 2013 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    Yes @ Joey! Now if only Congress could behave so well huh? The bratpak is having another tantrum today! I think they are the most useless, unproductive in history! And shame on their behavior today! 2 stick out quite obvious Boehner and Cruz!

    September 27, 2013 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    Ted "Joseph McCarthy" Cruz. He is so entertaining.

    September 27, 2013 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "The Lunatic Fringe"

      "If Obama Care came with a mouse, I wouldn't want Obama Care."

      September 28, 2013 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      "There is no rampart that will hold out against malice." – Moliere

      September 28, 2013 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Ronald Reagan's grandson

    Obama and Rouhani sitting in a tree. K I S S I N G. First comes love. Then comes marriage. Then comes baby in a baby carriage.

    September 27, 2013 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "The Lunatic Fringe"

      "Then comes a nuke in a baby carriage"

      September 28, 2013 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      OOOOOOOrrrrrrrrrrr talks instead of boots on the ground?

      September 29, 2013 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "The Lunatic Fringe"

    President Barack Obama spoke by telephone with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, the first direct conversation between leaders of the United States and Iran since 1979? I'm a nobody from nowhere, and just got off the phone with my hair dresser, and had a more meaningful conversation.

    September 28, 2013 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      You are right; we should completely dismiss the fact that it is the first time that leaders of the U.S. And Iran have had direct contact in 34 years as not meaningful at all.

      September 28, 2013 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  7. robert deniro

    Are u talking to me?

    September 28, 2013 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  8. robert deniro

    Did u get a flat top

    September 28, 2013 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  9. saywhat

    Folks and my friends @chrissy@bobcat@dazzle pl read Uri Avnery's article "The Real Bomb- Israel & Rouhani" in Counter Punch today.

    September 28, 2013 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  10. saywhat

    The West should breath a sigh of relief and seize the moment to push for a lasting peace with this diplomatic initiative. And woe to neo-cons, the Grahams, the McCains, the Kings and the War Party.

    September 28, 2013 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  11. saywhat

    Who Ahmedinijad really was,Uri Avnery eloquently reveals in his article. Rouhani , his opposite provides the window for the US to go the way of sanity. Netanyahu step aside.

    September 28, 2013 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  12. saywhat

    "Rouhani is not calling the shots" Mitt Romney.
    You stupid man, should Israel be calling the shots to sabotage what has appeared as a silver lining for the world to steer way from a path of mutual destruction?

    September 28, 2013 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Romney was made irrelevant the last national cycle. His observations are just as irrelevant.

      September 28, 2013 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  13. saywhat

    This is the time also to rid the M.East of all WMDS and such programs , no exceptions.

    September 28, 2013 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      What a wonderful true statement.

      September 29, 2013 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  14. saywhat

    Have a great weekend all.

    September 28, 2013 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |