Transcript for Obama Speaks With Iranian President on the Phone
Apes are a few things but two important opportunities in our foreign policy. Just now I spoke on the phone with president were -- of the Islamic Republic of Iran. The -- it was discussed our ongoing efforts to reach an agreement over Iran's nuclear program. I reiterated to president Ronnie Wallace at New York. While -- -- will surely be important obstacles to moving forward. And success is by no means guaranteed. I believe we can reach a comprehensive solution. I've directed secretary -- to continue pursuing this diplomatic effort with the Iranian government. We had constructive discussions yesterday in New York -- our partners. Be. European Union the United Kingdom France Germany Russia and China together -- the alliance foreign minister. Going forward Raza Rabbani and I have directed our teams to continue working expeditiously. In cooperation with the and throughout this process will stay in close touch -- our friends and allies in the region including -- Now we're mindful of all the challenges. The very fact that this was the first communications between an American and -- and president. Since 1979. Underscores the deep mistrust between our countries. But it also indicates the prospect of moving beyond that difficult -- -- I do believe that there is a basis for resolution. Iran's supreme leader has issued a fatwa against the development of nuclear weapons. -- raw honey has indicated that Iran will never develop nuclear weapons. I've made clear that we respect the right of the -- -- people to access peaceful nuclear energy in the context of Iran meeting its obligations. So the test will be meaningful transparent and verifiable actions. Which can also bring relief from the comprehensive international sanctions that are currently in place. Resolving this issue obviously could also serve as a major step forward and a new relationship between the United States and the Islamic republic of -- one based on mutual interest -- respect. It would also help facilitated their relationship between Iran and the international community as well as others in the region. One that would help the -- people for -- extraordinary potential. But also help us address other concerns that could bring greater peace and stability. At least. The path. To a meaningful agreement. Will be difficult. And at this point both sides have significant concerns that will have to be overcome. But I believe we've got a responsibility. To pursue diplomacy that we have a unique opportunity to make progress with the new leadership in Tehran. I also communicated to present -- -- my deep respect for the Iraqi People. As I said before this comes on the same day that we can accomplish a major diplomatic breakthrough on Syria. As the united nations Security Council will vote on a resolution. -- would require the Asad regime to put its chemical weapons under international control so they can ultimately be destroyed. This binding resolution will ensure that the Assad regime must keep its commitments or face consequences. We'll have to be vigilant about fallen through but this could be a significant victory for the international community. And demonstrate how strong diplomacy -- allow us to secure our country and pursue a better world.
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