The US will check willingness of the new Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to an open dialogue, interest in which he expressed earlier, American President Barack Obama said in the interview to the Spanish Telemundo TV Channel.
"There are signs that Rouhani, the new president, is set to an open dialogue with the West and with the United States in particular, which we have not seen in the past. So we have to check it out," Obama noted.
"There is an opportunity for diplomacy. And I hope that Iranians will use this advantage," the US President added.
On Sunday Obama said that he exchanged letters with Rouhani and wants to exploit the potential of Iran to stabilize the situation in Syria. On Monday, the British Guardian newspaper reported that correspondence took place in early September.
Diplomatic relations between Washington and Tehran were severed on April 7, 1980 after the victory of the Islamic Revolution in the country. Since the end of 1979, the two leaders did not participate in joint activities.
Guardian believes that the upcoming UN General Assembly may become a platform for the first ,since 1979, meeting of US and Iran's presidents. But this assumption has not been yet officially confirmed by either party.