Obama Exchanges Letters with Iranian President

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President Barack Obama sent new Iranian President Hassan Rouhani a letter of congratulations following his election in June, a spokesperson for the Iranian Foreign Ministry confirmed Tuesday.

The world leaders exchanged letters in a sign of easing tensions over Iran’s nuclear program. The new centrist president has distanced himself from his often hardline predecessor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and assumed a more conciliatory tone with the West, proposing “constructive interaction.”

The U.S. and Iran cut diplomatic relations in 1980 after students and Islamic militants stormed the U.S. embassy in Tehran and took Americans hostage. But the nations’ leaders have at times stayed in touch, according to Reuters. Ahmadinejad wrote a letter to Obama three years ago, and the U.S. President has addressed Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei directly twice since 2009.

Obama, who said in an interview broadcast Sunday that he had exchanged letters with the Iranian president, will speak at the United Nations General Assembly next week on the same day that Rouhani speaks, but they don’t have plans to meet, Reuters says.

[Reuters]

10 comments
Icansee4miles
Icansee4miles

Iran is a master at subterfuge; and sadly, President Obama is out of his league. The Bahrain Protocol-Amazon Kindle’s new Thriller-has predicted the U.S. withdrawal from the world stage, Iran’s ascendancy, and Israel’s gamble to stop their nuclear program-with the assistance of former nemesis Saudi Arabia. It’s a great read-and a chilling forecaster of global chaos.

mrbomb13
mrbomb13

I cannot believe TIME actually devoted an entire article to congratulating President Obama on something that is virtually meaningless in the foreign policy arena. 

So what if he exchanged a letter with the newly-elected leader of Iran!  Big, freaking deal!  It's not like that letter means anything, or changes the status quo.  Iran will continue on its path, and the US will continue to pay lip-service (or, in Obama's case, professorial lectures) to taking action.

This is a joke of a news-story, and not worth the TIME/effort put in.

AazobaYuzuki
AazobaYuzuki

Dear Iran, 

please stop your Nuke Ambition

From Obama



Dear America

No Way Jose!

Iran



AazobaYuzuki
AazobaYuzuki

Dear Iran, 

please stop your Nuke Ambition

From Obama



Dear America

No Way Jose!

Iran




NavpreetKaur
NavpreetKaur

thats really a very nice first step Mr. Obama  towards easing relations with Iran... i am really very happy that bells of peace can be heard around Persian Gulf. and a good news for the whole world too :)


mmmitra
mmmitra

Thanks Obama, This is a huge step. We know they are ready and they have taken the first steps, I hope we give peace a chance. Love to see America and Iran be friends. We have long history together.

smehgol
smehgol

NO MORE WARS! The Jewish state has ICBM nukes and openly threatens Iran, actually campaigns for war against Iran. Israel, not Iran, is the warmonger. Resolution lies with lifting all sanctions and compensating Iran for damages from the $$$ billions we will no longer be giving the Jewish state. An Iran with nukes just might inhibit the Jewish state's brutish pursuit of invulnerability, territorial conquest and racist empire. Mutually assured destruction could actually make Mideast peace possible. NO MORE WARS!

YehudaElyada
YehudaElyada

Nuclear arsenal is not the aim, but the means to achieve a strategic breakthrough for Iran: revival of the historical Persian dominance in the Middle-East. The plan is to establish a new Shia emirate centered in Teheran that controls the Mesopotamian arc, from the shores of the Arab gulf to the Mediterranean, spanning Iraq, Syria and Lebanon. This Shia-belt will separate the Muslim lands into two blocks, north-east vs. south-west. An Ayatollahs' controlled territorial wedge between Saudi-Arabia, Egypt and North-Africa on one side, and Turkey, Central Asian Muslim countries and Afghanistan on the other side, is the real geopolitical nightmare to be prevented by being uncompromising over the Iranian nuclear weapon program. Once Iran becomes immune from military pressures, the way ahead is a predictable slippery-slop to a foregone conclusion: an unsolvable confrontation between the Western Democracies and a powerful evil authoritarian-dictatorial regime, reminiscence of the 20th century Cold War. Don't expect Israel to burn its fingers in trying to retrieve for you the chestnuts from the fire.

SlamNBang
SlamNBang

@YehudaElyada I didn't realize trolls are now pro-Israel not anti-Israel. All of your recent comments are on Iran articles? Hmm.

Your ignorance is obvious by the us of the words "Emirate" and "Arab Gulf". Emirate is an Arabic word and has never been used by Persian speaking Iran let alone as the goal of what they are trying to make. And its the Persian Gulf.

I don't think its hard to make the connection between the resumption of their program in 2004 after say...the Iraq War! Pretty obvious what they are trying to avoid.

Perspectives786
Perspectives786

@YehudaElyada You really believe that this drivel that you are leaking will save the state of Israel from its own incompetence and moral depravity?