In a global exclusive, for the Sunday, May 20th edition of FAREED ZAKARIA GPS, host Fareed Zakaria interviewed the Iranian Minister of Economic Affairs and Finance, Shamseddin Hosseini. Mr. Shamseddin commented on the impact that sanctions are having on the government and the people of Iran. He also commented on his expectations for gas prices for the summer of 2012.
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For the Monday, April 30 edition of Amanpour, host Christiane Amanpour interviewed former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Iran's nuclear program and the ongoing uprising inside Syria. This is the exchange regarding Mr. Olmert's views on the security intelligence regarding Iran:
CHRISTIANE AMANPOUR, HOST of ‘AMANPOUR’ on CNN INTERNATIONAL: There’s a big debate going on within Israel right now, mostly by the security community. Meir Dagan, the former head of Mossad, in fact, your current head of the IDF, General Benny Gantz and others, calling the Iranian leadership rational and questioning whether there should be a rush to military action against Iran, or whether Iran will rush to make a nuclear bomb. Do you agree with the description of the leadership as rational? FULL POST
On the Wednesday, April 24th edition of Amanpour, Christiane Amanpour interviewed Hossein Mousavian, a former member of Iran's nuclear negotiation team, regarding his insights on Iran's nuclear program. Mousavian offered signs that he feels indicate Iran is negotiating in good faith with the international team on nuclear weapons nonproliferation. This is the exchange:
AMANPOUR: ...When I spoke to Israel's defense minister, Ehud Barak, last week, I promised to bring the other side. And who better to give it than a former member of Iran's nuclear negotiating team... Hossein Mousavian spent decades as part of Iran's foreign policy team, most recently serving on the nuclear negotiating team. But when conservative Mahmoud Ahmadinejad took over the presidency in 2005, Mousavian was ousted for his moderate views, and soon after was charged with espionage, a charge that was later dropped. He was cleared of it.
Today, he's a visiting scholar at Princeton University. Mousavian says that he is not seeking asylum and fully intends to go back to Iran. But for now, he's here, uniquely qualified to give us a glimpse into the minds of the Iranian leadership. Ambassador Mousavian, thank you for joining me -
HOSSEIN MOUSAVIAN, IRANIAN POLICYMAKER AND SCHOLAR: Thank you.
AMANPOUR: –thank you for coming in. You heard Senator John Kerry and you've heard a lot of people, including Iranian officials, sound optimistic about the talks that have already got underway. Are you - do share that, having spoken to your former colleagues, who know about the negotiations? FULL POST