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FULL-LENGTH EDITION: Inside Iran's inner circle

April 26th, 2012
11:59 AM ET

Part 1: 'Russia must act in Syria' – U.S. Senator John Kerry tells Christiane Amanpour that Russia must become more active in order to stop the Assad regime. Part 2: Inside Iran's inner circle – Hossein Mousavian, the Iranian insider and Princeton Associate Research Scholar talks to CNN's Christiane Amanpour. Part 3: Persian carpets feel sanctions – How are local business coping with imposed sanctions against Iran? CNN's Christiane Amanpour reports.

Part 1: 'Russia must act in Syria'

Part 2: Inside Iran's inner circle

Part 3: Persian carpets feel sanctions

Episode #8: Wednesday, April 25, 2012.

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  1. jim

    Great interview with Mousavian. I think the word should accept the fact that even though the Iranian regime is not a good example of democratic leadership, it has the potential to be negotiated. Unhappily, some people seek opening by destruction and war. It's an ultimate action, which surely disastrous for anyone in the region and those countries who are involved in it. It's time to respect NPT and give the last chance to Iran to open up and shows it's ambition for rebuilding the trust. Just insisting on old-fashion language is not going forward. Fortunately, Obama is pragmatic and positive. He started the Iran issue thoughtfully. Step by step he moved forward. Now, the global concession has been established around the world regarding Iranian Nuclear issue. Obama seeks rationality from Iranian side while the pressure is building up. Iran don't want to be exhausted in a challenging conflict. They want guarantee for their existence. It's their rational aspect in negotiations. I do believe the US or its alliances do not care about the internal record of Iranian regime. If they demonstrate their hidden ambitions Iran does play rational after receiving reliable guarantees. I think current situation in Mid-east and the world are helpful factors to slow down the machine of war and pave the way for constructive compromise from both sides. Iran feels the same now. Internal problem as well as lost of its supporters' hands and friends like Russia and Syria are positive catalysts to resume a normal pace in negotiations.

    April 26, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Reply
  2. Dave Dawson

    If Iran has a wise & rational government, then it will get through this tension with its' head held high.
    I cannot in my heart class America & Israel as wise & rational. It's quite possible that both America & Israel will not get through this tension without their heads hanging low.
    Remember that Democracy was only ever an experiment. This does not mean that Democracy is a winner or an achiever. By all accounts, democracies are verging on the brink.
    If Iran is wise, Iran will seek to benefit by exploiting the weaknesses of Democracy.
    I have a strong feeling that Iran is the wiser & will come off the better.

    April 26, 2012 at 5:15 pm | Reply
  3. Babak

    About the video: Part 2: Inside Iran's inner circle

    The current regime occupying Iran is not representing Iranians at all, since the birth of Islamic republic of Iran many millions of Iranians went to exile of self exiled themselves since living in a ideologically closed country was almost impossible. The regime ideology is to spread the Islam all around the world and nuclear capability is a key element achieving such goal. Is laughable when forces of the regime point to spiritual leader (Khamenehi's) Fetwa on nuclear bomb which he has said it is Haram (Banned according to Islam). Believing such claim from a regime which do anything to achieve it's goals requires just a naive brain, which I hope those people in the west are not and take the danger of fundamentalism seriously.

    April 27, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Reply

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