Posted: Sep 28, 2013 1:43 AM
Updated: Sep 28, 2013 1:43 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) The Iranian president makes contact with the White House. As his car inches through New York's snarled traffic, he hears Barack Obama's voice on the phone as the U.S. president sits at his desk in the Oval Office.
Fifteen minutes later, the two men say goodbye in each other's language.
And with that, a generation-long rift between the U.S. and Iran is that much closer to being bridged.
Iranians awoke Saturday to learn that their president, Hassan Rouhani (hah-SAHN' roh-HAH'-nee), spoke directly to Obama, breaking through a barrier that has left American and Iranian presidents divorced from such contact for 34 years.
The two presidents pledged to resolve concerns about Iran's nuclear ambitions, which have isolated Iranians and led to sanctions that have crippled their economy.