Obama welcomes signs of Iran moderation, calls for tough resolution on Syria
UNITED NATIONS (AP) - United States President Barack Obama on Tuesday welcomed the new Iranian government's pursuit of a "more moderate course", saying it should offer the basis for a breakthrough on Iran's nuclear impasse with the UN and the US.
He also signalled a willingness to directly engage Iran's leaders, tasking Secretary of State John Kerry with pursuing that diplomacy with Teheran.
"The roadblocks may prove to be too great, but I firmly believe the diplomatic path must be tested," Mr Obama said during an address to the UN General Assembly.
Mr Obama did not indicate whether he will meet on Tuesday with new Iranian President Hasan Rohani. Even a brief handshake would be significant, marking the first such encounter between US and Iranian leaders in 36 years.