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Ellen Laipson is quoted in Voice of America on US-Iran relationship

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Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani and U.S. President Barack Obama spoke by phone Friday, the highest-level contact between the two countries since the Iranian Revolution in 1979.  The leaders agreed to work on resolving suspicions that Iran is trying to build a nuclear weapon.  The 15-minute conversation was the latest of several steps that may – or may not – indicate a thawing of decades of hostility between Washington and Tehran.

It became a common occurrence in New York – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani walking to the podium, talking about Iran’s “real face.”

“My government is prepared to leave no stone unturned in seeking a mutually acceptable solution,” said Rouhani.

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Still, during a news conference Friday, President Rouhani said he was satisfied with how things went.

Ellen Laipson is director of the Stimson Center:

“I think he did what he was supposed to do.  He made a conciliatory engagement with the world’s public – not just the U.S,” said Laipson.

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