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Obama and Rouhani to work on nuclear solution

Obama said he and Rouhani had both directed their teams to work quickly to pursue an agreement [AP]Barack Obama, the US president, has said he has spoken by phone with his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani, making the call the first conversation between any US and Iranian presidents since 1979.

Obama, speaking from the White House, said after speaking with Rouhani that he believed the two countries can reach a comprehensive solution over Iran's nuclear programme.

The president said he and Rouhani had both directed their teams to work quickly to pursue an agreement.

He said the US will coordinate closely with its allies, including Israel, which considers an Iranian nuclear weapon capability to be an existential threat.

Obama said the conversation showed the possibility of moving forward and that it was a unique opportunity to make progress with Iran over an issue that has isolated it from the West.

Iranian and UN officials have been meeting to continue talks on how to investigate suspicions that Iran has worked secretly on trying to develop nuclear weapons, claims which are denied by Tehran.


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