Azerbaijan, Baku, Sept. 28 / Trend, S. Isayev, N. Umid
Iranian president Hassan Rouhani has said that the recent request to hold phone talks with the U.S. president Barack Obama, came from the U.S. side, Iranian State IRINN TV reported.
Rouhani underlined that, the White House called Iran`s envoy to U.S. president is interested to having a talk with him.
Rouhani said that the talk between two presidents was realized by Iran envoy's mobile phone.
Iran's president went on to say that the main issue of the talk was Islamic Republic's nuclear issue, adding that Obama during the talk said the U.S. acknowledges Iran's right to peaceful nuclear program.
According to Rouhani, Barack Obama said that commissioned the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to manage the nuclear talks from the U.S. side.
Reportedly, both presidents agreed on having Iran's nuclear issue solved as soon as possible.
Iran's president also underscored that he did not accept the meeting with Barack Obama during UN General Assembly meeting in NY, due to tight schedule.
Obama and Rouhani spoke by phone on Friday, the highest-level contact between the two countries since the Iranian Revolution in 1979 and a sign that both sides are serious about reaching a pact on Iran's nuclear program.
Obama had hoped to meet with Rouhani earlier this week while both men were in New York for the United Nations General Assembly, but Iran decided a meeting would be too complicated.
Obama said both men had directed their teams to work expeditiously toward an agreement on the nuclear issue.
As president, Rouhani is the head of the government but has limited powers. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is the ultimate authority in Iran with final say on domestic and foreign policy, though Rouhani says he has been given full authority to negotiate on the nuclear issue.
The United States and its allies have imposed tough economic sanctions on Iran over suspicions Tehran intends to develop a nuclear capability. Iran says the program is purely peaceful.
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