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Obama converses with Iranian president

Phone call breaks silence in place since 1979 crisis

WASHINGTON — The long-fractured relationship between the United States and Iran took a significant turn Friday when President Obama and President Hasan Rouhani became the first leaders of their countries to speak since the Tehran hostage crisis more than three decades ago.

In a hurriedly arranged telephone call, Obama reached Rouhani as he was being driven to the airport to return to Iran after a whirlwind media and diplomatic blitz in New York. The two agreed to accelerate talks aimed at defusing the dispute over Iran’s nuclear program and afterward expressed optimism at the prospect of a rapprochement that would transform the Middle East.

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