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US - Iran Relations

  • Leaders of Iran and the U.S. have not had face-to-face contact in more than three decades.
  • U.S. President Jimmy Carter and Iran's Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi were the last to meet in 1977.
  • Diplomatic relations have been broken since 1980, over the 1979 takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran by Iranian students.
  • U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki fail to hold talks on the sidelines of a 2007 Sharm el-Sheikh conference on stabilizing Iraq, but they did say 'hello' to each other at a lunch.
  • U.S. President Barack Obama and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani have exchanged letters since Mr. Rouhani's 2013 election.
  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif met on the sidelines of a Sept. 26, 2013 meeting in New York for the highest level direct talks between the countries in more than 30 years.
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