'This Week' Transcript: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

AHMADINEJAD: Last year we proposed a package of proposals for talks, everyone knows that in this year many changes, developments have unfolded on the international stage. Many new issues have been added to the agenda, so to speak.

And we are reconsidering our proposed package. We are adding new issues to the realm, if you will, of the talks. And we are going to make that public as soon as possible. We are always ready to talk...


AHMADINEJAD: ... with no preconditions.

What should I do?

STEPHANOPOULOS: Tell me your proposal.

AHMADINEJAD: Should I share that with you, sir?

STEPHANOPOULOS: The world, American viewers.

AHMADINEJAD: We are going to do that officially. We think that we should prepare the ground so that all states and peoples can have their say. We are ready to contribute to international security, peace, and global friendship and global disarmament.

STEPHANOPOULOS: you say you want to talk on the basis of respect, the president has expressed his respect for the Islamic Republic of Iran. And he said he is ready to talk.

I just want to know, when will Iran sit down with the United States and the European powers to discuss the nuclear program?

AHMADINEJAD: Well, the nuclear issue of ours is a special issue. We think that the nuclear issue needs to be resolved in the context of the agency and regulations. we are just utilizing our legal rights.

I have no reservations when it comes to talking.

STEPHANOPOULOS: So you're ready to talk without preconditions?

AHMADINEJAD: No, no. We should just have a clear-cut framework for talks. The agenda should be clear.

But so far we have only heard this from the media, the newspapers, that they're interested in talking. And obviously they're going to receive a response from the papers. I was fully expecting Mr. Obama to participate in the Geneva Conference. What issue is more important than racial discrimination?

The United Nations has organized...

STEPHANOPOULOS: Yes, sir, since you bring that up...

AHMADINEJAD: ... such a conference. I don't think or believe that Mr. Obama supports racism. However, the gentleman should have been there and should have condemned outright racism and racial discrimination.

This is a good possibility for talks and cooperation. We should all cooperate with one another to help...

STEPHANOPOULOS: What he doesn't...

AHMADINEJAD: ... racism to go away from the international...

STEPHANOPOULOS: What he doesn't agree...


STEPHANOPOULOS: If I may -- excuse me, sir, if I may express his position, is the idea that Israel is a racist state.

OBAMA: " I found many of the statements that President Ahmadinejad made, particularly those directed at Israel, to be appalling.

STEPHANOPOULOS: And, frankly, many in the West look at your speech in Geneva. And they wonder whether you really do want a better relationship with the West when you deny that there was a Holocaust when it's an established historical fact, they believe that you're not showing respect for the West and the beliefs of the West.

AHMADINEJAD: When I was talking against the Zionist regime in the racism conference, the first proviso for successful talks would be to give the other party the freedom to speak. Mr. Obama has the right to have his own opinion, obviously.

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