Misquote by Hard-line Newspaper Hospitalizes Iran’s Foreign Minister


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After being misquoted by a newspaper close to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei about his perception of the phone call between Presidents Hassan Rouhani and Barack Obama, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif checked into a hospital due to stress.

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Rouhani Promises ‘Larger Steps’ Than Phone Call

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After meeting with his cabinet today, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani spoke to reporters to answer questions about Iran-US relations, the meetings that took place last week between Iran and P5+1 at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), the Israeli reaction to Iran’s new foreign policy and the criticism he received for speaking with the American president on the phone.

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Will Obama, Rouhani Meet?

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“Thirty-four years have passed since Iran and America severed relations,” wrote Reformist newspaper Etemaad in an article headlined “Rouhani-Obama: One Meeting, 50 Views” that compiled the views of Iranian politicians, economists, sociologists and writers on whether Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and American President Barrack Obama would meet one another at the UN General Assembly this week.

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