Sept. 28 - Iranians have mixed reaction to news their president, Hassan Rouhani, spoke by phone with U.S. President Barack Obama on their bilateral relations. Nathan Frandino reports.
Shouting "Rouhani, we love you," hundreds of Iranians greet their president, Hassan Rouhani, just hours after the leader's historic phone call with U.S. President Barack Obama. Rouhani arrived in Tehran after his trip to the United Nations where his team made diplomatic progress with Western rivals on issues such as the nuclear program. Despite the friendly tones, Rouhani's phone call is sparking intense debate and fierce opposition from some. As protesters chant anti-American slogans, one university student says they will continue to defy the U.S. (SOUNDBITE) (Farsi) UNIVERSITY STUDENT, MR. KARIMPOUR, SAYING: "We all know that the U.S. will never care about us, and as our leader said, we have persisted all these years against global arrogance, so we have to keep on persisting and we will never accept any abuse by from arrogant nation." Some Iranian media also reported protesters throwing eggs and shoes at the president's car. Elsewhere in Tehran, some residents were positive about news of their president's decision to speak with Obama. (SOUNDBITE) (Farsi) TEHRAN RESIDENT, MR AKBARI, SAYING: "Hopefully it's effective. These problems were here for many years between Iran and America and this will not be solved overnight. However, generally, they should be given every opportunity to develop a fine relationship." Ties between the U.S. and Iran have been severed since the 1979 Islamic Revolution and the U.S embassy hostage crisis.