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Historic phone call
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- While many Iranians are welcoming the historic phone conversation between President Barack Obama and his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani (hah-SAHN' roh-HAH'-nee), some hard-liners are accusing their leader of selling out.
The man who heads Parliament's foreign policy and national security committee, was quoted by media Saturday as saying that the 15-minute telephone talk the day before showed Iran's "might." But the hardline rajanews.com news website said there was no justification for Rouhani to talk to the "Great Satan," its term for the United States, and that the conversation was "useless."
The Friday phone conversation was a step toward ending more than three decades of estrangement. The two presidents pledged to resolve concerns about Iran's nuclear ambitions, which have isolated Iranians from the global community and led to crippling economic sanctions.