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Is the US-Iran icy relationship starting to warm up ? by KayDee4: 2:12am On Sep 21, 2013
So cold has the relationship between the US and Iran been that for decades, there has been total silence or a lack of communication between Tehran and Washington with no face-to-face interaction between a US president and an Iranian leader since the '79 Iranian revolution. Now it seems like both countries are on the path to reconciliation.

Over the weekend, President Obama disclosed to ABC News' George Stephanopoulous, that he has personally reached out to, and exchanged letters with Hassan Rouhani, the new Iranian president. The Iranian president in return, confirmed to NBC News' Ann Curry that he was recently in communication with Obama and stated he was ready to reach out to the west for constructive peace talks and that his administration "will never develop a nuclear weapon".

These moves seem to be giant strides towards better relations between the US and Iran, very different from what it was like under Ahmadinejad. Earlier this month, the new president and foreign minister tweeted out "happy new year" messages to Jews around the world and disclaimed Ahmadinejad's previous comments which questioned the veracity of the holocaust.

Israelis are however taking all this with a pinch of salt with the Israeli ambassador to the US dismissing the gestures as some sort of pretense and insisting that if the Iranian president was serious about peace talks, he would start by dismantling the secret underground nuclear installations.

There are indications that both leaders will meet face-to-face at the UN meeting next week. It will be a historic moment when they do.

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