Iran: More needed than Obama call for full ties
TEHERAN, Iran (AP) - Iran sought on Sunday to calm hard-line worries over groundbreaking exchanges with Washington, saying a single phone conversation between the American and Iran presidents is not a sign that relations will be quickly restored.
The comments by Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi appeared tailored to address Iranian factions, including the powerful Revolutionary Guard, that have grown uneasy over fast-paced outreach last week between the White House and President Hassan Rouhani, which was capped by a 15-minute call with President Barack Obama.
"Definitely, a history of high tensions between Teheran and Washington will not go back to normal relations due to a phone call, meeting or negotiation," Dr Araghchi was quoted by the semi-official Far news agency as saying.
Mr Rouhani seeks to restart stalled talks over its nuclear programme in the hopes of easing US-led sanctions. Iran, however, has not clarified what concessions it is willing to make with its nuclear programme in exchange.