'This Week' Transcript: Clinton and Ahmadinejad

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.

AMANPOUR: I have to ask you this one last question// I just want to know if there is any chance that you will respond to the invitation of the Obama administration to engage with the United States?

AHMADINEJAD: I invited him to engage, to be engaged with us. I was the one who started the invitation.

Amanpour: well he sent a letter, he talked about it publically....

Ahmadinejad: I was the one who started the invitation. I was the first to send a letter of invitation. And he never responded to the letter. I announced in the United Nations that we are ready to talk in the United Nations in the presence of others. I didn't receive an answer. Iran was the country that released Sarah. We haven't even received a note from the United States on that.

Iran was prepared to talk, but under fair conditions and respectful conditions. If somebody thinks that they can, like, order us around or rule us, and call it talks that wouldn't work. But if they are ready to sit down, respect the law, be fair and just, we are always prepared to talk.

AMANPOUR: Mr. President thank you very much.

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