Iran Turns Down Meeting With Obama

    In this Sept. 10, 2013 photo released by the official website of the office of the Iranian Presidency, Iranian President Hasan Rouhani speaks during an interview with state television at the presidency in Tehran, Iran.   President Barack Obama and Iran’s new president are heading to New York next week for the U.N.’s annual meeting of the General Assembly, and could share the first exchange between American and Iranian leaders in more than three decades.    (AP Photo/Presidency Office, Rouzbeh Jadidoleslam)

    Rouzbeh Jadidoleslam/Presidency Office,via AP

    Almost doesn’t count. A long-awaited meeting between President Obama and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was called off by Iran, who called the encounter “too complicated," White House officials said Tuesday. The encounter would have been the first coming together of the two nations since 1979, when the Islamic Revolution in Iran led to the ousting of the shah. At a speech to the United Nations earlier in the day Tuesday, Obama stressed the importance of discussing nuclear weapons with Iran. “I firmly believe the diplomatic path must be tested,” he said.

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