Putin, Obama optimistic about future of Iran nuclear talks
The Russian and US presidents share "cautious optimism" about the future of talks on the Iranian nuclear program under Iran's newly elected president, Hassan Rouhani, RIA Novosti reported.
Rouhani, 64, a former lead Iranian negotiator on nuclear issues, gained more than 50 percent of the votes in the country's June 14 presidential election. On Sunday, during his first press conference since being declared winner, he said that Iran is prepared to "see tensions alleviated."
"We hope that new opportunities for solving the Iranian nuclear problem will emerge after the Iranian elections," Russian President Vladimir Putin told journalists after talks with US leader Barack Obama.
He said that Moscow was ready to contribute to the negotiation process both on bilateral level and as part of international efforts.
Obama, in his turn, said he and Putin shared "cautious optimism" on the issue and expressed hope that under the new president of Iran, all the parties concerned would have an opportunity to "move forward with dialogue."
The US president also said that two "nuclear superpowers" - Russia and the United States - should lead the global nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament efforts.