Transcript: George Stephanopoulos Interviews Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

AHMADINEJAD: What does it have to do with them? What business is it whether we have enrichment or not? Article IV states that they don't have the right. Listen, Article IV of the NPT, the guarantee we have given. Neither the Secretary General nor any other member of the I.A.E.A, no goverment can stop a member country from enrichment. This is quite clear. It's them who are violating the laws. Not us. They are violating the NPT and they shouldn't do that.

I told the U.N. Secretary General yesterday, as well, that he has no right to violate the NPT either, you have to defend the NPT. I'd like to ask you a question: If the United Nations was based in Iran, do you think that the U.N. Secretary General say the same thing?

STEPHANOPOULOS: I-- that is a hypothetical so wild... I wouldn't dare to answer--

AHMADINEJAD: Allow me. Allow me. If we veto right at the U.N. Security Council. If we were a permanent member of the Security Council would the secretary general say the same thing or different things? We recognize the root cause of insecurities, wars, conflicts in the existience of these unjust regulations.

We have clear proposals for reforms. Right now, most countries around the world agree with what we say. They consider that the set up of the U.N. Security Council as unjust. Someone who is a permanent member and has a veto right it's quite clear that he imposes his opinion to the agency.

Someone who is a permanent member of the board of governors of the I.A.E.A., it is quite clear that he imposes his opinion. Why is it after 60 years disarment has not happened? I'm asking you. The exitisng atomic bomb or the having the bomb, which one is more dangerous? Yesterday the United States announced that "we have more than 5,000 atomic bombs." Is 5,0000 more dangerous or a country that might get the atomic bomb? Which one is more dangerous for the world's security?

STEPHANOPOULOS: It's clear from listening to you that you're not concerned about another round of sanctions. But it's also been pretty clear to most observers that if Iran continues on this path that the state of Israel will take matters into its own hands. And take out Iran's nuclear programs through military means.

AHMADINEJAD: Iran will definitely continue its path. You should not even doubt that we will continue our path. We'll definitely continue our path.

STEPHANOPOULOS: But aren't you playing with fire? The potential of an Israeli military strike?



AHMADINEJAD: Those who have stockpiled their bombs and impose their will on others and act unlawfully are the ones who are playing with fire. Have we stockpiled bombs? Do we have atomic bombs? Who has used the nuclear bomb? Who has Is it us stockpiling nuclear bombs? Do we possess a nuclear bomb? Who has the nuclear bomb? Who threatened other with nuclear bomb? We or the Government of the United States?

STEPHANOPOULOS: So, a military strike--

AHMADINEJAD: Allow me, who's dangerous? Who wants to attack us?


AHMADINEJAD: I'm asking you Who's going attacking Iran?

STEPHANOPOULOS: No, I'm talking about the potential threat against Iran.

AHMADINEJAD: I'd like to ask you when you say this, which group are you referring to is going to attack Iran? The United States? Is it the United States gonna attack Iran? Is the United States going to attack Iran?

STEPHANOPOULOS: No, I asked are you worried a potential--

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