'This Week' Transcript: Former President Bill Clinton; Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif

ZARIF: If it said it, it's a bad translation. And it is translated out of context that they have, they are using it. He was talking about the reaction to somebody talking about the historical incident and requiring research about that historical incident and said, what is it that people are so upset that somebody is simply asking that we should do some studies of that.

STEPHANOPOULOS: The word "myth" upset people...

ZARIF: But -- but -- you see, this is the problem when you translate something from Persian to English you may lose something as the film goes, lost in translation. You may lose some of the meaning. This has been unfortunately the case several times over.

The point is, we condemn the killing of innocent people, whether it happened in Nazi Germany or whether it's happening in Palestine. One crime, however heinous -- and holocaust was a heinous crime, it was a genocide, it must never be allowed to be repeated.

But that crime cannot be, and should not be, a justification to trample the rights of the Palestinian people for 60 years. We should have abandoned this game and start recognizing the fact that without respect for the rights of the Palestinians we will never have peace in our region.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Can the translation be changed?

ZARIF: I'll talk to them.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Let me ask you one final question. You've spent a good part of your adult life in the United States, your children were born here, as I mentioned, you were on This Week 26 years ago.

When you hear those chants the come up so often in Iran, "death to America. Death to America," what do you think about that? And what can you say to those Iranians who say "death to America."

ZARIF: Well, I think they're talking about the policy, they're not talking about the American people. We have been time and again -- the leader, various presidents on the record, that we have no quarrel with the American people.

American people are nice, peace loving, generous people who come to the aid of people in need all over the world and this is what we respect and have a lot of admiration for.

It's the policies of the U.S. government which has unfortunately been the source of instability in our region for many years. The United States supported dictators. It would be amazing for American people to know what types of governments in our region have been supported by the United States.

STEPHANOPOULOS: So, we have a ways to go.

ZARIF: But the Iranians -- but the Iranians feel it with their flesh the type of regime that govern them because of the support of the U.S. Some of the countries in our region continue to experience this.

The fact that the United States supports whatever policy is followed by Israel is another indication that the United States needs to revisit some of its policies and move forward.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Dr. Zarif, thank you very much for your time this morning. Welcome back to "This Week."

ZARIF: Thank you.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Coming up, there is the clock. Less than a day to the government shut downs. Paul Krugman and Bill Kristol debate on the powerhouse roundtable next. Plus, President Clinton weighs in.


BILL CLINTON, 42ND PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: They're mad because they don't want to negotiate. It seems almost spiteful.



STEPHANOPOULOS: Up next, the roundtable debates the shutdown. Plus, President Clinton's candid take on Hillary's loss.



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