Obama speaks to Iran's Rouhani; says "comprehensive solution" possible
U.S. President Barack Obama said on Friday that he spoke to Iranian President Rowhani on the phone and told him that a “comprehensive” solution to the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program is possible.
Al Arabiya reports that after the phone conversation, President Obama said: “Just now, I spoke on the phone with President Rowhani of the Islamic Republic of Iran. The two of us discussed our ongoing efforts to reach an agreement over Iran’s nuclear program.”
Iran confirmed Rowhani had spoken to Obama by phone and said the two expressed their desire to resolve the standoff over Tehran's nuclear ambitions.
“The two insisted on political will for quick resolution to the nuclear issue, as well as paving the ground for resolving other issues and cooperation in regional issues,” the Iranian presidency said on its website.
Obama said he and Rowhani have both directed their teams to work quickly to pursue an agreement, the Associated Press reported.
He said the United States will coordinate closely with its allies, including Israel, which considers an Iranian nuclear weapon capability to be an existential threat.
Obama said the conversation showed the possibility of moving forward.
Iranian and U.N. officials have been meeting to continue talks on how to investigate suspicions that Iran has worked secretly on trying to develop nuclear weapons. Tehran denies that claim.