Iran: Obama call not enough to restore relations
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Iran: Obama call not enough to restore relations

Deputy FM’s statement likely aimed at calming hardliners suspicious of rapprochement with US

US President Barack Obama speaks to his Iranian counterpart, Hassan Rouhani, on September 27, 2013, marking the first time the two countries' leaders had engaged each other since 1979. (Pete Souza via White House Twitter page)
US President Barack Obama speaks to his Iranian counterpart, Hassan Rouhani, on September 27, 2013, marking the first time the two countries' leaders had engaged each other since 1979. (Pete Souza via White House Twitter page)

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran says a single phone conversation between the American and Iranian presidents is not a sign that relations with Washington will be quickly restored.

The comments by Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi appear aimed at calming Iranian hard-liners who oppose rapidly easing the 34-year diplomatic freeze with the US.

Some critics of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani shouted insults after his return from an annual UN gathering in New York, which included a groundbreaking 15-minute call with US President Barack Obama.

Araghchi was quoted by the Fars news agency Sunday as saying “normal relations” with Washington will need more than “a phone call, meeting or negotiations” — a reference to Iran’s efforts to restart stalled talks over its nuclear program.

The US and Iran broke ties after the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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