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a hunger that Iranian president Hassan Rouhani sat down for ninety minutes with American journalists Friday taking questions on issues ranging from the nuclear deal to Tehran's role in the Middle East orders top news editor Diane and I thought was one of those grilling the Iranian leader he has meeting regularly every year well when he comes to the end comes the United Nations , obviously he had a particular message and that was to say things have gotten better between the United States in Iraq chronicle of the nuclear deal I gateway that further U. S. Iranian relations will be defined by how well both work together to carry out the agreement relying defendant Iran's role in the region from Syria to Yemen on the subject of U. S. prisoners held in Iran Ronnie would not commit to an exchange despite the measured optimism Rouhani said the US and Iran still had a long road to travel one example was he was asked specifically whether he would %HESITATION meet and shake hands with president Obama at the United Nations , you can also but he did say before meetings and before shaking hands , we have to focus on resolving issues and that was the tone on the entire conversation , the White House and there are no plans for Obama to meet Rohani well both men are at the UN in the next few days