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Published on Sep 29, 2013
Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister says the historically tense relations between Tehran and Washington CANNOT be simply normalized by a phone contact between the presidents of the two countries.
Abbas Araghchi was referring to Friday's telephone conversation between Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and US President Barack Obama in New York. The diplomat said that Obama had already asked for a meeting with Rouhani but that the arrangement of such a meeting was complicated. He added that there's still a long way to go as Tehran cannot fully trust Washington. Araghchi said Iran will not agree to suspend its uranium enrichment in the upcoming negotiations on its nuclear program. He noted that the talks will get more serious if Washington's change of tone translates into a shift in policy towards Iran.