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Obama and Iran's Rouhani hold historic phone call

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US President Barack Obama and Iran's President Hassan Rouhani spoke by phone Friday in the historic, first direct contact between leaders of their estranged nations since the 1979 Islamic revolution. 

President Barack Obama talks with President Hassan Rouhani of Iran during a phone call in the Oval Office on September 27, 2013.

The stunning 15-minute call, starting at 2.30 pm (1830 GMT) was the fruit of a diplomatic opening forged by Rouhani's election in June on a mandate to ease confrontation with the West and lift nuclear sanctions which have pulverised the Iranian economy.

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