Coming up this evening at 9 p.m., "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomes Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the president of Iran, for a rare, and candid, face to face conversation.
As part of an interview that comes on the backdrop of this week's United Nations General Assembly meeting, Piers Morgan asks how Iran would respond upon facing an attack from nearby Israel:
"The response of Iran is quite clear, I don’t even need to explain that; any question in any nation has the right and will indeed defend herself," says Iran's 6th president.
Speaking through a translator, Ahmadinejad continues by raising a foreign policy question of his own:
"Why should the world be managed in such a way that an individual can allow himself to threaten a rich and deeply-rooted historical, ancient country, such as Iran – a great country, such as Iran – based on an excuse of his own fabrication?" he asks. "Another country can say, 'I am guessing that country 'B' is doing activity 'X,' therefore I will attack that country.' Can this be a successful formula for the management of the world?"
Hearing this, the "Piers Morgan Tonight" host asks his guest about the potential timeline of violence:
"Do you fear that war is imminent," Morgan inquires. "Do you fear that there will be military conflict, perhaps before the end of this year, between your country and Israel?"
Seemingly placing the bulk of the blame on the Jewish nation state, Ahmadinejad calls upon an interesting choice of adjectives to frame his response:
"Of course the Zionists are very much, very adventuresome, very much seeking to fabricate things and I think they see themselves at the end of the line," suggests the 55-year-old former engineer and teacher. "I do firmly believe that they seek to create new opportunities for themselves and their adventurous behaviors."
Watch the clip, and listen to the interview, then tune in this evening at 9 p.m. as Ahmadinejad explains his stance on homosexuality, and also shares his analysis of the recent unrest in Libya that led to the killing of Ambassador Christopher Stevens.
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