Obama in historic Iran talks

US president Barack Obama has conducted a phone conversation with new Iran president Hassan Rouhani in what was the first communication between leaders of the two countries since 1979.

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Rouhani receives mixed reception on return to Iran

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on his arrival back to Tehran Credit: RTV

Hundreds of Iranians cheered President Hassan Rouhani on his return from his United Nations visit in New York.

But after his historic phone call with US President Barack Obama a smaller number of hardliners shouted "Death to America" and threw eggs and shoes at his official car leaving the airport, Iranian media reported.


Report: Protesters throw shoes at Rouhani convoy

Iranian hardliners have reportedly thrown shoes at the convoy of President Rouhani, as he returned to Tehran after his trip to the UN headquarters in New York.

Thomas Erdbink, Tehran bureau chief for the New York Times, tweeted that around 75 protesters threw shoes and eggs at the president.

It comes after Rouhani spoke with US President Barack Obama on the phone - the first direct contact between leaders of the two countries since 1979.

Obama apologises to Rouhani for 'horrendous traffic'

Barack Obama apologised for traffic in New York during a phone conversation with Hassan Rouhani, according to the Iranian president.

Obama 'mindful' of historical 'deep mistrust' with Iran

President Obama said he believed that a deal could be reached with Iran but urged caution given the historical "deep mistrust" between the countries.

"We're mindful of all the challenges ahead," Obama said.

"The very fact that this was the first communication between an American and Iranian president since 1979 underscores the deep mistrust between our countries but it also indicates the prospect of moving beyond that difficult history."

"The test will be meaningful, transparent and verifiable actions."


Rouhani to Obama on phone: 'Have a nice day!'

Hassan Rouhani's Twitter account revealed his phone conversation with Barack Obama had ended with the Iran president wishing his US counterpart "a nice day".

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