Iranian president's car pelted with tomatoes after he speaks with Obama

Iran's new president was greeted by protesters who threw tomatoes, eggs and shoes at his car after his historic conversation with President Obama, NBC reports.

Hassan Rouhani returned Saturday from his trip to New York for the UN General Assembly. Obama announced Friday that he had talked to Rouhani on the phone in the first direct talks between leaders of the two countries since the 1979 Islamic revolution.

The violent response from “dozens of protesters” lasted “less than a minute,” according to NBC, but demonstrated the political pitfalls for Rouhani as he seeks a diplomatic solution to the standoff over its alleged nuclear weapons program. 

His overtures to the west have divided the nation, with hardliners chanting “Death to America!” as his motorcade passed by, according to a tweet from a New York Times reporter in Tehran. They were outnumbered by about 300 Rouhani supporters chanting “Long live Rouhani, everlasting change!.” 

The White House had said that Obama would be “willing” to meet with Rouhani on the margins of the UN General Assembly's opening ceremony. The historic meeting – and the inevitable photographs of the two shaking hands – proved too controversial however.

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