President Rouhani attacked by protesters in Iran following historic call with US President Barack Obama
Hardline protesters threw shoes and eggs at Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and chanted "death to America", following the first conversation between American and Iranian presidents in more than three decades during a 15 minute phone call yesterday evening.
Hundreds rallied outside of Tehran airport, voicing either support or opposition for President Rouhani's shift in tone on Iran's nuclear programme.
The brief exchange between US President Barack Obama and Mr Rouhani could signal a major step forward in resolving global concerns over Iran's nuclear program.
Obama told reporters at the White House that the conversation, believed to have been instigated by the Iranian leader, was constructive.
"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," he said.
Obama said he and Rouhani have instructed their teams to work towards reaching an agreement as swiftly as possible. He said the US will coordinate closely with its allies — including Israel, which considers an Iranian nuclear weapon capability to be an existential threat.
That it had been so long since American and Iranian presidents have held a conversation reflected the "deep mistrust between our countries," Obama said, but also indicated the opportunity for progression.
"I do believe there is a basis for a resolution," he added.
The conversation came hours after Rouhani, coming to the end of a trip to the US, called the United States a "great" nation, a sharp turnaround from his predecessors, buoying hopes that the two governments can stop the escalation of tensions.
"I want it to be the case that this trip will be a first step, and a beginning for better and constructive relations with countries of the world as well as a first step for a better relationship between the two great nations of Iran and the United States of America," Rouhani told a news conference at a hotel near UN headquarters.
Rouhani has pledged to reduce nuclear tensions and has asserted that Iran does not seek a nuclear bomb. UN officials have also reported what they describe as encouraging signs from Tehran.
Iranian and UN officials agreed have agreed to meet again on 28 October to continue talks on how to investigate suspicions that Iran worked secretly on trying to develop nuclear weapons.
Additional reporting by Associated Press
Justin Bieber was one of the hardest hit
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
Weather bomb in pictures: Storms cuts power for tens of thousands – and snow is on the way
Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
Russell Brand was rendered speechless on Question Time by this man
Fury at Airbus after it hints the super-jumbo may be mothballed
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Shock poll shows voters believe Ukip is to the left of the Tories
Nigel Farage's approval rating hits 'record low' as popularity suffers in wake of Ukip sex scandal
Ukip candidate jokes about 'shooting peasants' in racist and homophobic rant
Pakistan school attack live: Taliban kill at least 132 children in 'horrifying' massacre
Sony hack: Angelina Jolie branded 'seriously out of her mind' in further embarrassing leaked email saga
£7 - £8 per hour: Recruitment Genius: An opportunity has arisen for two indivi...
£20000 per annum: Ashdown Group: A highly reputable business is looking to rec...
£28000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This company is a major supplier of buil...
£28000 - £40000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity...