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Obama speaks with Iranian President Rouhani

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President Obama at the White House Friday. President Obama at the White House Friday.
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By Michael O'Brien, Political Reporter, NBC News

President Barack Obama revealed he spoke Friday by telephone with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, marking the first time leaders from the U.S. and Iran have spoken since the 1979 Iranian resolution.

Obama's conversation with Rouhani comes amid recent conciliatory statements made of late by the Iranian leader, who took office in August.

The possibility of a meeting between Obama and Rouhani was a major cause for speculation during the United Nations General Assembly earlier this week, though no meeting came to pass.

"Just now I spoke on the phone with President Rouhani," Obama said, noting that the conversation "underscores the deep mistrust between our countries, but also indicates the prospect of moving on that difficult history."

Rouhani has been engaged in a publicity blitz as of late, conducting his first interview with a western journalist with NBC News' Ann Curry last week.

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