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Obama Says He Spoke With Iran President Rouhani by Phone

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks to members of the media in the briefing room of the White House on Sept. 27, 2013. Photographer: Brendan Smialowski /AFP via Getty Images
U.S. President Barack Obama speaks to members of the media in the briefing room of the White House on Sept. 27, 2013. Photographer: Brendan Smialowski /AFP via Getty Images

Sept. 27 (Bloomberg) -- President Barack Obama said he spoke with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani today by telephone about talks to resolve international concerns about the country’s nuclear program.

While there will be obstacles, “I believe we can reach a comprehensive solution,” Obama said at the White House.

Obama and Rouhani didn’t meet this week when they were both at the United Nations General Assembly in New York. Their telephone conversation is the first between leaders of the two countries since the 1979 Islamic revolution.

Iran says that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes, not to build a nuclear weapon.

To contact the reporter on this story: Margaret Talev in Washington at mtalev@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Steven Komarow at skomarow1@bloomberg.net

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