Goodbye 'Axis of Evil'
It's a new day under Obama.
He says this is a unique opportunity to make progress with the new government in Iran
Iran is laughing.
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani spoke by phone on Friday, the highest-level contact between the two countries since the Iranian Revolution in 1979 and a sign that both sides are serious about reaching a pact on Iran's nuclear program.
Obama had hoped to meet with Rouhani earlier this week while both men were in New York for the United Nations General Assembly, but Iran decided a meeting would be too complicated.
"I reiterated to President Rouhani what I said in New York. While there will surely be important obstacles to moving forward and success is by no means guaranteed, I believe we can reach a comprehensive solution," Obama said at the White House.
He also said: "The very fact that this was the first communication between an American and Iranian president since 1979 underscores the deep mistrust between our countries, but it also indicates the prospect of moving beyond that difficult history. I do believe that there is a basis for a resolution."
Obama said both men had directed their teams to work expeditiously toward an agreement on the nuclear issue.
Ambassador John Bolton warned in an interview Wednesday on Greta that "Anybody who thinks Iran can be talked out of their nuclear weapons program is 'Delusional'
Iran will never give up its nuclear weapons program
Iran president Hassan Rouhani is playing the West (and Obama) like he did years ago when he was Iran's chief nuclear negotiator. Bolton says the West is being gulled under President Obama here and this is about Iran getting sanctions lifted
"They will do nothing to slow down their nuclear weapons program"
'They will take us for a ride"