by Jeff Mason and Louis Charbonneau
President Barack Obama and new Iranian President Hassan Rouhani spoke by telephone on
Friday, the highest-level contact between the two countries in three decades and a sign
that they are serious about reaching a pact on Tehran's nuclear program.
The call is the culmination of a dramatic shift in tone between Iran and the United
States, which cut diplomatic relations with Iran a year after the 1979 revolution that
toppled U.S. ally Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi and led to the U.S. Embassy hostage crisis
in Tehran. . . .
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[Bandar Bush, as well as the Saudi-Israeli axis, will pull no punches to derail any
rapprochement between Washington and Tehran.--Pepe Escobar, "Fear and loathing in
House of Saud," atimes.com, October 11, 2013]