Obama Makes First Phone Call With Iranian President in Decades

The president makes the first call between the two countries since the 70s.
2:58 | 09/28/13

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Our thanks to you, jeff. The other major story out of the white house. The historymaking phone call with iran. Lo this picture. This is what president obama and the iranian president rouhani looked like in the 1970s. That was the last time there was high-level contact with the country. Are did you dig up that photo, by the way? We have a crack research team. You should see the pictures they have of us from back then. Reporter: I can't wait. It was a 15-minute phone call. This morning, the iranian president touched down in tehran to some interesting reaction. It was a historic announcement few saw coming. I spoke on the phone just now with the president of the islamic republic of iran. Reporter: Not many expected that iran would unclench its fist on twitter. The president of iran tweeted this photo and saying, after historic phone conversation with barack obama, president rouhani in plane about to depart for tehran. The fact that it's not going on behind closed doors suggests there's a p.R. Exercise involved. Reporter: The last time a u.S. President spoke to the president of iran was 1979. President obama was still in high school. The u.S. Was about to be consu consumed by the iranian hostage crisis. Retold on the big screen in "argo "argo." This was the first communications between an american and iranian president since 1979 underscored the deep mistrust between our countries. We have a unique chance to make progress. Reporter: Dr. Rouhani cranked up the offensive. I was right next to mr. Rouhani's car as hardliners showed up, pelted the car with eggs, even threw a shoe at the iranian president. In islamic culture, it's very insulting. And kind of tells him that we do not respect you. Reporter: Iran will also be a major focus when benjamin netanyahu visits the white house next week. The israeli embassy's twitter account tweeted out a phony

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