September 25th, 2012
02:46 PM ET
10 years ago

Clinton: Iran cannot be trusted with nuclear program

(CNN) – Former President Bill Clinton weighed in one of the election's pressing international issues Tuesday saying Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad cannot be trusted regarding his country's nuclear ambitions.

In an interview on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight" to air Tuesday at 9 pm E.T., Clinton also addressed domestic politics and the strike by the NFL referees. Regarding Republican nominee Mitt Romney's potentially damaging "47%" comments, Clinton forecast that continuing to defend the remarks will be detrimental to the former governor in the election. And his ruling on the questionable, game-changing call made by a replacement referee on Monday night's prime time football game mirrored that of many observers.

Filed under: 2012 • Bill Clinton • Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
BLITZER’S BLOG: My chance to chat with Iranian Pres. Ahmadinejad
September 22nd, 2011
06:21 PM ET
11 years ago

BLITZER’S BLOG: My chance to chat with Iranian Pres. Ahmadinejad

New York (CNN) – I had a rare opportunity to talk directly with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad today at a press event he held in New York after he addressed the UN General Assembly.

By most accounts, Ahmadinejad’s views are way out there. He stuck to his favorite talking points on a variety of topics ranging from America’s troubles, Israel, the uprising in the Middle East, and homosexuality. When faced with negative questions about Iran, Ahmadinejad knew how to quickly deflect and turn it back toward the flaws of the United States. In our one-hour together, the Iranian leader was asked about several of those issues.

BLITZER'S BLOG: Assad, al-Maliki and Ahmadinejad: What's going on?
August 18th, 2011
04:31 PM ET
11 years ago

BLITZER'S BLOG: Assad, al-Maliki and Ahmadinejad: What's going on?

(CNN) – President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton finally have done what so many have been urging them to do for a long time – publicly call on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down.

They coordinated their statement with similar statements from other allied leaders, including from Canada, France, Germany, Britain and the European Union.

September 24th, 2010
06:10 PM ET
September 23rd, 2010
04:07 PM ET
12 years ago

U.S. walks out of UNGA during Ahmadinejad speech

United Nations (CNN) - Delegates from the United States and other nations walked out of the U.N. General Assembly on Thursday as Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad delivered a fiery speech that criticized Washington, capitalism and the world body itself.

Though incendiary statements from Ahmadinejad are nothing new, tension in the hall grew as the Iranian leader recounted various conspiracy theories about the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on New York and Washington.

"Some segments within the U.S. government orchestrated the attack," Ahmadinejad told the General Assembly. He followed with the claim that the attacks were aimed at reversing "the declining American economy and its scripts on the Middle East in order to save the Zionist regime. The majority of the American people, as well as most nations and politicians around the world, agree with this view."

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Filed under: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad • United Nations
August 5th, 2010
07:55 AM ET
13 years ago

Debate Iran? No, but talks are possible

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama has a chance to make good on the campaign pledge he made during the CNN/YouTube debate back in 2008: to sit down with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

This week Ahmadinejad offered to meet "face-to-face" in a debate before the media "to put the world's issues on the table to find out whose solution is better."

The regime in Tehran has repeatedly rebuffed U.S. attempts at engagement, thwarting the international community as it continues to pursue its nuclear program, which it claims is for peaceful purposes. The United States and its allies maintain Iran is seeking to develop a nuclear weapon.

The White House dismissed Ahmadinejad's offer as a theatrics, saying Iran isn't serious about discussing its nuclear ambitions. But senior administration officials say there are serious discussions taking place between the European Union foreign affairs chief, Catherine Ashton, and Iranian nuclear negotiators about resuming talks.

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Filed under: Iran • Mahmoud Ahmadinejad • President Obama
August 2nd, 2010
08:02 AM ET
13 years ago

Ahmadinejad says he's willing to hold one-on-one talks with Obama

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption ="Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Monday he is willing to hold one-on-one talks with President Obama."]Tehran, Iran (CNN) - Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is willing to hold one-on-one talks with U.S. President Barack Obama in September, he said Monday.

Ahmadinejad expects to visit New York then for the annual United Nations General Assembly meeting, he said at a speech in Tehran.

"I will be ready for talks, for one-on-one talks, with Mr. Obama in front of the media, of course," he said, posing the offer as a repeat of one he has been making to the U.S. president for years.

The White House did not immediately comment on the speech, which was carried live on Iran's government-backed Press TV.

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Updated: 8:48 a.m.

Filed under: Iran • Mahmoud Ahmadinejad • President Obama