Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks in a news briefing at the Saadabad palace in Tehran, Iran, Friday April 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)
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WASHINGTON: U.S. President Barack Obama, eager to resolve at least one intractable conflict in his last two years in office, has his eye on a major prize: reconciliation with Iran.The United States is regularly denounced as the "Great Satan" by Iranian leaders, and Washington has slammed Tehran as a "rogue state," part of an "axis of evil".Removing or delaying the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran would be a stunning victory for Obama.Obama had a historic phone call with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in 2013, the highest-level contact between the two countries in more than three decades.Then last October, Obama secretly wrote to Iran's current supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to discuss possible cooperation in the fight against jihadi militants provided a nuclear deal could be struck. That has not stopped Obama from pushing for peace with America's longtime enemy.As Iran celebrated Persian New Year last month, Obama urged leaders to seize a "historic" opportunity to begin a "brighter future," speaking in a video dubbed in Farsi. In Afghanistan, too, both have a shared incentive to fight the Taliban, which poses a threat to both Iran and the United States.
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