'This Week' Transcript: Clinton and Ahmadinejad

Now this is ancient method, an ancient method that needs to change. Its natural, anybody can have an opportunity over an issue and propagate about it. But we are opposed to the way United States manages the world, manages Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere.

AMANPOUR: Since we're talking about this, since you've been the President executions in Iran have increased by four times. Did you know that?

AHMADINEJAD: That is not true at all. Not at all. Not at all.

AMANPOUR: So you deny that? Independent- human rights groups say that....

AHMADINEJAD: How do they know? They haven't come to Iran.

AMANPOUR: Can I move on to ask you about the leaders of the opposition? Mr. Mousavi and Mr. Karroubi, their offices have been raided recently. Mr. Mousavi's computers have been taken and the prosecutor general in Tehran is saying a trial, and a case is being built against them and that they will go to trial, if and once public opinion is readied. Is that something that you approve of? That you agree with? Do you know that a case is being prepared against Mr. Mousavi and or Mr. Karroubi?

AHMADINEJAD: If they wanted to build a case they should have done it last year.

AMANPOUR: So, you dont think it is happening.....

AHMADINEJAD: I don't think it is even necessary. They were free. They're still free. They are going on with their daily lives.


AMANPOUR: Why did he say that then that the trial will take place?

AHMADINEJAD: Who said? Who said this?

AMANPOUR: Mr. Jafari Dolatabadi. A trial would take place when it will be in the interest of the ruling establishment and once public opinion is ready. Do you accept that? Do you agree with and approve it?

AHMADINEJAD: I do not get involved in the business of the judiciary. The judge is independent. But I think that when you translate these statements you've probably made, or interpreted and you've made a mistake in analyzing it. I am unaware of the details of what people do. The judiciary is aware of these details. But I can tell you, you gave me a piece of news, and I am telling you, that if a case was to be built it should have been done last year.

AMANPOUR: What did you think when Fidel Castro said Mr. President, stop attacking the Jews. Stop denying the Holocaust. Stop being anti-Semitic. Fidel Castro, Cuba, is a friend of Iran?

AHMADINEJAD: Well, shouldn't he be free to say what he wants? He's free to say what he wants. We've never been anti semitic, when was I anti semitic-- the Jews live in Iran, like every other person who lives in Iran freely....

AMANPOUR: you know Hillary Clinton has told me, and she's told others that the United States is very concerned about the the increasing militarization of the Iranian government the revolutionary guard is very involved not just in its military activities but in politics in economics and business. that they're cracking down on the people as you know there are still hundreds of election protestors in jail. Many of them without evidence, without a trial. Why the militarization of the Iranian system? Why?

AHMADINEJAD: Don't you think that Ms. Clinton should think a little bit before she makes statements of such nature. I think Ms Clinton is a very respected woman but she should really gather more correct information to base her statements on accurate information.

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