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Iran President Rouhani’s English-language message to the American people

September 24th, 2013
09:26 PM ET

Watch Amanpour's interview with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on CNN International on Wednesday at 1400 ET / 2000 CET

By Mick Krever, CNN

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday delivered his first English-language TV message to the American people in an interview with CNN's Christiane Amanpour.

"I would like to say to American people: I bring peace and friendship from Iranians to Americans," he said.

Rouhani is in many ways the "it" man of this U.N. General Assembly, where Western leaders are trying to gauge whether his diplomatic overtures will translate into concrete policy changes.

He has recently exchanged letters with U.S. President Barack Obama, and there had been suspicion brewing in diplomatic circles that the two leaders would meet face-to-face, informally, at the United Nations in New York.

"There were some talks about it," Rouhani told Amanpour through a translator. "And preparation for the work was done a bit as well."

"The United States declared its interest in having such a meeting, and in principle Iran could have under certain circumstances allowed for it to happen," he said. "But I believe we didn't have sufficient time to really coordinate the meeting to the full extent that we needed to."

Two senior U.S. administration officials told CNN on Tuesday that the encounter was called off because it was considered "too complicated" for Iran back home.

Complicated domestic politics or not, the Iranian president made clear that he has full permission from Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, to negotiate with the West.

"I think that the president of Iran has the authority whenever the national interest of the country is involved," Rouhani told Amanpour. "The supreme leader of Iran has said that should negotiations be necessary for the national interest of the country, he is in fact not opposed to it."

"Now, if an opportunity was created today, had arisen today," the Iranian president said, "and the prep work for that had been done, most probably the talks would have haven taken place, primarily focused on the nuclear issue or the developments on the Middle East. Therefore the supreme leader, I can tell you, has given permission for my government to freely negotiate on these issues."

Rouhani stands in stark contrast to his predecessor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who used his speeches at the U.N. to spew rhetoric; he was famous for his questioning of the Holocaust.

"I have said before that I am not a historian, and that when it comes to speaking of the dimensions of the Holocaust it is the historians that should reflect on it," Rouhani told Amanpour. "But in general I can tell you that any crime that happens in history against humanity, including the crime the Nazis committed towards the Jews, as well as non-Jewish people, was reprehensible and condemnable as far as we are concerned."


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  1. ali

    I'm really proud of my president.

    September 24, 2013 at 9:34 pm | Reply
    • jafar

      marg bar joomhooriye eslami

      September 24, 2013 at 9:43 pm | Reply
      • tizab

        va marg bar eslam.

        September 24, 2013 at 10:13 pm |
      • Baghloon

        birizesh hamonja ke dare misooze dada jafar! ba tashakkor

        September 24, 2013 at 10:22 pm |
      • t

        Hagh dari mesl sag betarsi Jafar. Shoma none khianateton ro mikhorin. Ravabet Iran va USA dorost beshe dige bayad az gorosnegi bemirin.

        September 24, 2013 at 11:55 pm |
      • american

        hey what are you guys saying? is that farsi? i bet you're saying something like death to america, or let's wipe israel off the map. am i right or am i right?

        September 25, 2013 at 12:19 am |
      • shadijanan

        Hey American! Is that all you know about Iranians? Is that all media has taught you? These people are speaking in Farsi, and they are not saying anything about US! Change the channel, learn more about people from my country!

        September 25, 2013 at 12:45 am |
      • Amir

        Yes these fellows are Iranians and they are arguing in Farsi, but one started with "death to the Islamic Republic" and the others are mostly opposing him, saying Iran and USA relations must improve.

        September 25, 2013 at 12:49 am |
      • moas

        why not simple marg ba too?

        September 25, 2013 at 12:52 am |
      • Ali

        Hey American, You are right about the word "death" but the above conversation is about Iran's interior conflict and not the America. There are many people and nations who don't support and like the peace between two countries since it would endanger their benefits and corruptions.

        September 25, 2013 at 12:53 am |
      • TheDaren

        I just want to say im pretty sure american was joking. Pretty sure he was being sarcastic, but its understandable due to language barriers why a non-native English would not pick up on it, especially in text form.

        September 25, 2013 at 1:40 am |
      • John

        Hey American, you must be one of those fat-ass ignorant rednecks that drinks beer all day to say thatt. You sir need to shut the hell up. Thank you bye!

        September 25, 2013 at 1:50 am |
      • iranian propaganda postings

        make sure to get to mosque 5 time a day to get your free food aid bag courtesy of the UN and make sure you dont stop for a hookah or a 1 cent cup of coffee somewhere

        September 25, 2013 at 2:15 am |
      • Mamad

        marg bar to bi'shoor , to adami ya ... boro ba hamon mojahedin khalgh ye ghol 2 ghol bazi kon joje

        September 25, 2013 at 3:54 am |
      • DJ jafar

        here is the goodbye party of JAFAR
        اینجا گودبای پارتی جعفره

        September 25, 2013 at 5:24 am |
      • Iran continues to build nuclear bombs

        Iran continues to build nuclear bombs to destroy Israel. Iran is working against the will of its citizens, forcing them to be religious. These are nice words of a deceiving leader. the next holocaust for the Jews is certain. nobody hide nuclear facilities under the ground if he wants peace let face the truth. A world without Islam is a better world for all of us, even for the muslims themself.Muslims are the first to suffer from their religion. Female genital mutilation and hatred of infidels that leads to a killing of innocent people. So Ruhani is fooling the world. He wants to kill the jewish infidels. He is depressing his people the Iranians. In summary: NICE WORDS,NUCLEAR BOMBS, JEWISH HOLOCOAST.

        September 25, 2013 at 5:25 am |
      • j0eschm0e

        nice jibberish, thanks for wasting my time using translator, moron

        September 25, 2013 at 5:30 am |
      • khalidpalijo

        @Iran continues to build nuclear bombs
        Sure "nobody hide nuclear facilities under the ground if he wants peace let face the truth". What about Israeli facilities? What about Dimona?

        September 25, 2013 at 6:33 am |
      • Bani Adam

        You should be ashamed of yourself. If you are a true patriotic Iranian, you would not use the word "marg", I know what it means. A true Iranian whether he likes or hates the current regime, would rather say the persian word of "reform", whatever it maybe. With the amount of hate some of the words used here, you will not get what you want. Shame on the haters here.

        September 25, 2013 at 8:40 am |
      • javadkhz

        dadash boro asabeto nadaram boro dadash

        September 25, 2013 at 10:27 am |
      • iranian

        afar kir too dahanet.
        khiyanat kar oonha nistan ke too iran o vatan parastan. khiyanat kar to hasti ba mardom mesle toh ke az koone kharejiha mikharan.
        ma shayad az jomhoori eslami khoshemoon nayad vali akharesh mardom va vatane khodemoone.

        ravabet ha ke behtar khahad shod enshallah va keshvare ma be ghodratesh bar migarde

        September 25, 2013 at 10:35 am |
      • alireza

        down with you and your idea

        September 25, 2013 at 10:49 am |
      • p3rsian girl

        MARG BAR KHAMENEI ISHALA BEMIRI AZ DASTET RAHAT SHIM A DAsTE KHODETO OUN MAGHZE ANDAZEYE MOORCHAT

        September 25, 2013 at 1:44 pm |
      • هادی

        به نظرم آمریکا دقیقا خودش هم نمیدونه چی میخواد؟
        صلح میخوای خوب آقا بیا جلو
        آقا اینم صلح و سازش اینم خوبی! نه آقا همون محمود برای شما خوب بود
        آفرین بر این مرد مومن خدا

        September 25, 2013 at 1:53 pm |
      • kamran

        Marg bar khodet va 7 jad o abadet
        Kha,en vatan foroosh e bi masraf e kesafat e va moondeh.

        September 25, 2013 at 9:18 pm |
    • Sirous jafarian

      I can just say I'm not going to fall in love with him as I fell for Khatami a decade ago. He is more of a politician rather than a thoughtful innate reformist. I like him, but actually the time is short and soon Khameneie will start to make him serious problems. He should do whatever he can as fast as possible.

      September 24, 2013 at 10:21 pm | Reply
      • Baghloon

        It was not khamenei who made Khatami serious problem. it was the american admins who turned their back when it was time for a deal. hopefully you won't get disappointed this time.

        September 24, 2013 at 10:25 pm |
      • Illia

        You missed the crazy W. Bush's impact on the situation totally.

        September 24, 2013 at 10:38 pm |
      • Baghloon

        There are still lots of them with the same impact in the congress.

        September 24, 2013 at 10:51 pm |
      • Sirous

        Okay guys; time is short while just in 3 years there may be Jeb Bush in charge. However, I do remember that the priority for Khatami was to not hurt the supreme leader. his good will actually ended up in nowhere.

        September 24, 2013 at 10:56 pm |
      • Iranian/American

        I hope peace comes forth. I would love to be able to visit the country of where my parents are from and where I was born.

        Let there be peace between my two countries.

        September 25, 2013 at 3:27 am |
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        September 25, 2013 at 5:02 am |
      • Ganja Gupta

        This soulless islamic-terrorist supporter is only forced to make this appearance.., to buy time because he will soon be connected with syrian serin gassing.

        September 25, 2013 at 10:02 am |
      • Ali Kimiai

        You are a poor soul Sirous, when are you going to learn that he and Khatami are nothing but a ploy to buy time for the most brutal regime on the face of this earth. he is to have a PHD from a British school but he speaks like a elementary student, he should be able to speak Shakespearian English. Shame on you and him and the rest of Islamic Republic idiots.

        September 25, 2013 at 1:08 pm |
    • Abe

      I love this guy!! There is an honesty in his words.

      September 24, 2013 at 11:19 pm | Reply
      • Ali Kimiai

        I feel sorry for you, nothing is honest in his demeanor, words and deeds. You are so naive,

        September 25, 2013 at 1:10 pm |
    • AL BEN-BERNSTIEN

      What would you be proud about ?? He is getting bamboozeled.

      September 24, 2013 at 11:23 pm | Reply
      • alireza

        Stay away ,its family business
        Go and write your comments on AIPAC website!!!

        September 24, 2013 at 11:33 pm |
    • Saman

      Yeah Im proud of him too, he actually might be able to fix some issues

      September 24, 2013 at 11:33 pm | Reply
    • MarcTheDuck

      The Iranians are clearly giving Obama an IQ test. Judging by the responses below, they are discussing this now.

      September 25, 2013 at 12:00 am | Reply
      • Hamid

        Hey fella,
        Obama has no IQ,he is just another muslim,welcoming another terrorist muslim!he has to change his facebook position from seeking a relationship to fall in love with terrorist Rohani who killed or ordered to killed lots of opposition members.
        Its interesting,Mullas always play Americans,specially this time with Mr. O!

        September 25, 2013 at 1:35 am |
    • James

      This president is a snake.

      September 25, 2013 at 12:07 am | Reply
      • Iranian man

        dear James
        it's not really like that, please change your mind and think positive
        we all are the same and friend

        September 25, 2013 at 1:13 am |
      • Houtan

        Not defending him, but first look at yourself in a mirror, and never judge others.

        September 25, 2013 at 1:53 am |
      • javadkhz

        And you will be Lizard

        September 25, 2013 at 10:30 am |
      • kamran

        Oo james
        No, you and your father is snake & black cat.
        Ok?
        shet

        September 25, 2013 at 9:25 pm |
    • Jack Hollis

      Rouhani knows he is dealing with a country filled with fools. He knows that more flies are attracted to honey than vinegar The previous nutjob tried vinegar and got nowhere, now it is time to try smiles and honey. He is doing no more than laying a trap for the simple minded and god knows this country is full of them, right up to and including the White House. It is going to be interesting to see how many fools he is able to reel in.

      September 25, 2013 at 12:10 am | Reply
      • John B.

        Wow! You are so wise! You see and know everything! Tell us, what is this man's endgame? Don't hold back. Share your infinite wisdom with us. We want to know.

        September 25, 2013 at 12:38 am |
      • MoodyFoodie

        Hm. Sounds like you'd rather have war than give peace a chance. Good thing you're not in charge.

        September 25, 2013 at 12:51 am |
      • mehdi zam

        I think that rohani has put some stick in your ass Cause you badly hurt!

        September 25, 2013 at 2:09 am |
      • ameer ali

        i can not say if ur country is full of dumb persons. but i'm sure it has one: u urself. all politicians seek for national benefits for their own country. open ur eyes wider dude. look at usa president: noble peace prize winner: obama. is he really interested i human rights? u think so?

        September 25, 2013 at 2:39 am |
      • Hamatime

        Aside from the propaganda, Iranian are very hospitable people. It really is the nature Iranians to be so considerate to a fault and the pleasantries are numerous. I think Ruhani was being genuine but "who knows" !. He knows that Khomeni and the Republican Guard are watching him. He has his own politics like any other statesmen. I don't think any past Iranian president would have gone so far as this one if he didn't mean it...and yes the sanctions APPEAR to be working.

        What makes me nervous is this Syrian/ Iran / Russian axis and how this current situation with Iran is all of sudden - it appears this is a time for reconciliation. I think fighting another war is costly, stupid and costly. Did I say costly? (e.g. blood and money). If we have HAD 30+ cold war with the USSR (not that its really over) and HAVE build diplomatic relations with Communist China...normal relationships with Iran is possible.

        September 25, 2013 at 4:16 am |
      • Mike

        Except this time his country is in shambles due to economic sactions. Playing us for fools won't get the sactions lifted. We are not that naive despite what other on this board say.

        September 25, 2013 at 11:53 am |
    • Doc

      WOW, So am I. Trust me everyone on both sides is sick of the era of war. I know I am. It's time to start living again and we (the U.S) have to be as PROACTIVE as he is – I like what he is doing.

      September 25, 2013 at 12:32 am | Reply
      • MoodyFoodie

        I hope so. And he's right there isn't ill will among most ordinary people to the ordinary people over here. We need to throw this "Great Satan" and "Axis of Evil" crap out the window and start over.

        September 25, 2013 at 12:52 am |
      • Hamid

        Hey Dude,
        I remember your pelosi and kerry were trying everything in their power to make peace with bashar alasad,they had lovely meetings and so on....
        so you tell me how it turned out?!seems you democrats love to make peace with terrorists and murdurers!

        September 25, 2013 at 1:41 am |
      • ameer ali

        doc u r right. he is proactive, and these people here answering u r retroactive and reactive, but they dont know meanings of these words: they can just repeat "terrorists"! hamid, r u arab or iranian? if iranian, y u r so concerned about peace? but if u r arab, u must b concerned, coz ur countries r full of hardline fundamental terrorists and murderers and u export only oil and terrorists

        September 25, 2013 at 2:48 am |
    • Stephanie

      I agree. I am thrilled to see there is a decent person sitting there and caring about his own people that are suffering under these sanctions and yet can come on TV and say such a decent thing all the while his people are hurting. I hope he and Zarif can help get us out of this mess that kokoo0-nejad dug this hole in. Lets hope next year there will be a better speech.

      September 25, 2013 at 12:36 am | Reply
      • Iranian man

        we are agree with you and we've so much feelings with your comment.
        Believe me, Iranians are so much friendly and we love to have relationship with US people.
        >–(0 0)–<
        with many hopes

        September 25, 2013 at 1:25 am |
      • Jared

        We've made peace, and built friendships with many countries that were once enemies. I look forward to possibility of positive relations with Iran. I think it would be a step in the right direction and hopefully build a solid relationship in the future.

        September 25, 2013 at 9:09 am |
    • Davo

      Say thanks hi to Rouhani for me, Cheers from New Zealand

      September 25, 2013 at 12:36 am | Reply
    • UpsetVoter

      Your president did very well and his words are encouraging. Peace and understanding is only accomplished through dialog and he is willing to take the 1st step.

      September 25, 2013 at 1:20 am | Reply
    • Korosh Akhtari

      With Ahmadinejad, you knew what you saw was what you got – a thug.
      With this new guy, it is different. He is a wolf in the clothing of a ship. He is nothing but a dirty thug "Akhoond" who deserves nothing but to be put in a 6X6 cell for the rest of his miserable life for being a mouth piece for the most inhuman regime on the planet since the Nazies.

      September 25, 2013 at 1:34 am | Reply
      • Rationalist

        Please. You're disrespecting the Nazis with that remark. They don't deserve that.

        September 25, 2013 at 1:41 am |
      • korosh akhtari

        way did you use my name man not cool

        November 4, 2013 at 11:22 pm |
    • Ben

      All I am hoping is that our president take the initial steps toward the friendship with Americans. As he stated before, American people are highly respected and we Iranian nation have no animosity toward them. What we are looking for is the mutual respect in order to find the common grounds between the 2 countries of Iran and the U.S. Obviously Zionists are not going to be happy about our relations with Americans.

      September 25, 2013 at 1:46 am | Reply
      • ericgoestoholland

        And there are many Americans who have great respect for the Iranian people, myself included. It's unfortunate that politicians and hateful people get the most attention when it comes to international relations because it creates a skewed view of reality. Most Americans and most Iranians seem to just want peace and friendship between the countries.

        September 25, 2013 at 2:42 am |
    • iranian propaganda postings

      yeh because you prbably work in one of the iranian government offices for a few minutes a day while your real work is attending mosque 5 times a day on the last trip you get the free food aid bag from the UN then are told by the man in dress to get home and knock another kid outta one of your wives...keep the 15-20 kid average per wife and 5 wives...or worse your one of the religious revolutinary guards who run around batoning women for not being covered up....

      September 25, 2013 at 2:12 am | Reply
      • ameer ali

        what a name u've got! these words are not about iranians even in iran. 5 wives and 15 kids of each? in iran? have u lived in iran? do u know iran and iranian? have u ever been in dubai? uae? they r friends of ur country. go to a big mall and u'll see a man marching with 3-4 wives behind him lined like ducks. but is that ur problem? dont fool us around

        September 25, 2013 at 2:57 am |
      • Persian

        Wake up idiot ! We are talking about Persians not Arabs.

        September 25, 2013 at 5:27 am |
    • Hassan

      Hold on!!! Hold on!!!
      Let me calm you all down!!!
      Rouhani is just a mullah he is a liar like the others even worse than Ahmadinejad.
      Islamic Republic is based on the lie and duplicity and you need to know sophistry is in the blood of each and every mullah …. Want to trust him again??? Really want to trust him again???

      September 25, 2013 at 2:40 am | Reply
    • sasss31

      MAG BAR ISLAMIC REPUBLIC. YES TO A FREE IRAN. .Iranian people yearn for regime change and secular democracy. The existence of this regime is incompatible with human civilization.

      September 25, 2013 at 2:55 am | Reply
      • kamran

        Marg bar khodet avazi e vatan foroosh e moft khoreh lash khor.
        Are you black cat?
        jeshm nadari bebini iran ro na?
        islamic republic of iran, ya,ni ma va ham dahane amsaleh shoma ha ro service mikonim.

        September 25, 2013 at 9:31 pm |
    • tommy t

      much more intelligent than your last one

      September 25, 2013 at 4:58 am | Reply
    • Wade

      I hope we can say the same about your president in the near future. :)

      September 25, 2013 at 7:10 am | Reply
    • LVSam

      He is not the leader of Iran. A radical cleric is. This is a deception.

      September 25, 2013 at 7:45 am | Reply
    • FLAWIDA JACK

      I'd hoped that the dear leader and the new ayatollah would have embraced, and led the UN in a rousing rendition of "We are the World."

      September 25, 2013 at 7:50 am | Reply
    • Peshwar

      You should be proud of him. Most Iranians want to be friends with the U.S. again, and America must take these progressive conciliatory messages from the new Iranian President seriously. If we are to pursue peace in the world, we must engage Iran constructively with good intentions. I believe the Iranian people have elected a President who wants peace in the world. america must pursue this line of reasoning with all earnest.

      September 25, 2013 at 8:09 am | Reply
    • Peshwar

      As an american of birth, I am also proud of him. Iranians are well educated and worldly people. We must take these positive overtures seriously and see where it leads us. Skepticism can only lead to war between our people, and no God can approve of that.

      September 25, 2013 at 8:13 am | Reply
    • S

      He's a step up from the last guy but I miss Mahmoud's member's only jacket. It was stylish. In the 80's.

      September 25, 2013 at 8:14 am | Reply
    • straighttalk

      The Iranian President is smart and well educated. He is not corrupt like Obama and all the Senators and Congressman and women in America

      September 25, 2013 at 8:44 am | Reply
      • meifumado

        He is not corrupt? The man is a religious fanatic. Also look at what he was doing 30 years ago , he is not a good man,

        September 25, 2013 at 9:53 am |
    • straighttalk

      I I am proud too. How can I get one of those white head covers? Is he wearing his bed sheets on his head? I would like that to cover my grey hair.

      September 25, 2013 at 8:52 am | Reply
    • pari

      we hope that the Us accept this invitation otherwise Rouhani encounter problem in IRAN

      September 25, 2013 at 8:52 am | Reply
    • Buddy

      Your one of the few. Problem with Iran is they have a 'supreme leader'. This is archaic / backwards and absolutely is not conducive to conversation that will allow us to move forward. Its like obama talking to a foreign minister who has to return to his boss and get approval. Get rid of this crusty dude and have a real democracy, not a fake one.

      September 25, 2013 at 8:55 am | Reply
    • straighttalk

      I am proud of my President too but it is not Obama ! LOL

      September 25, 2013 at 8:56 am | Reply
    • mohamud farah

      PEOPLE READ YOUR HISTORY, READ WHAT HAPPEN IN 325 CE, YOU USE TO BELIEVED IN ONE ALLAH(GOD) AND JESUS WAS NOT THE SON, BUT YOUR KING CONSTANTINE, FORCED YOU TO FALSEHOOD TO BELIEVE IN JESUS IS EQUAL TO ALLAH(GOD). CHANGE YOUR WAYS. THAT IS WHY ISLAM CAME.

      SAY,

      I testify that there is one true Allah, and that Muhammad (محمد) the Messenger (Prophet) of Allah, peace and blessing be with him.

      JESUS WAS BORN FROM MARY, AND MARY CAME FROM THE FAMILY OF IMRAN, AND THE FAMILY OF IMRAN ARE THE DESCENDENTS OF ADAM AND EVE, AND EVE CAME OUT OF THE RIB OF ADAM, AND ADAM WAS CREATED FROM CLAY AND WATER. THE ANGELS WERE CREATED FROM LIGHT AND THE SPIRITS WERE CREATED FROM SMOKELESS FIRE. FOR ALL OF THOSE MIRACLE CREATIONS WHY DO YOU STILL HOLD ON TO THE IDEA THAT JESUS IS SON OF GOD.

      September 25, 2013 at 9:46 am | Reply
      • meifumado

        You are delusional seek help and stay away from children.

        September 25, 2013 at 9:51 am |
      • p3rsian girl

        YOU SAID IT SOOOO WELLL LOOOOOOL

        September 25, 2013 at 1:40 pm |
    • meifumado

      Proud of the wool he is trying to pull over the worlds eye's?

      September 25, 2013 at 9:49 am | Reply
    • Barry G.

      Hopefully he is sincere and will keep his word. Time will tell.

      There is a saying her in the U.S.: "The proof is in the pudding".

      September 25, 2013 at 10:23 am | Reply
    • soheil

      ----
      IRAN: Peace and Friendship
      USA: oh,NO
      IRAN:So what?
      USA:only WAR
      little Israel: OK,hehehe,it is right.
      IRAN:We're Iranians,Our background is good ,so NO WAR!
      USA: NO
      -----

      September 25, 2013 at 2:14 pm | Reply
    • Michael

      I am an American with Iranian friends who are dear to me. I can't speak for all Americans or my Iranian friends but I am happy to see progress in the direction of establishing a open line of communications. My Iranian friends are very good people who deserve the opportunity to see peace between our countries.

      September 25, 2013 at 6:59 pm | Reply
    • Ernest

      Yes, America embrace the peace. Please find it if we can for the good of all.

      September 25, 2013 at 7:50 pm | Reply
    • Banafsheh

      You are a regime agent and sick in the head

      September 26, 2013 at 11:32 am | Reply
  2. Kim

    Hmm I think I like their new president. He seems sincere. I hope that the U.S. and Iran can come to a friendly agreement and get along.

    September 24, 2013 at 10:02 pm | Reply
    • Kavosh

      Hi Kim I'm an Iranian citizen. You are right; there have been changes in Iran's main foreign diplomacy towards peace and friendship with the West but it takes quite long time to remove all the mistrust and previous bitter experiences. A lot of us in Iran are keeping our fingers crossed!

      September 25, 2013 at 7:35 am | Reply
    • Buddy

      The problem that you guys forget is the fact that the same ole guy who moderated all of the fighting over the past 5 years is still there. Nothing will happen until supreme leader is just like kings and queens, part of history.

      September 25, 2013 at 8:56 am | Reply
  3. kasia

    Never trust an Iranian.

    September 24, 2013 at 10:04 pm | Reply
    • Illia

      What's your business here Gloin?

      September 24, 2013 at 10:25 pm | Reply
    • Mark

      your racist breed is dying off.

      September 24, 2013 at 10:25 pm | Reply
      • Brent

        If you believe that comment to be accurate, your are sadly as ignorant as the statement itself. Racism will never die.

        September 24, 2013 at 10:55 pm |
      • AL BEN-BERNSTIEN

        And, I bet you also want to talk to the terrorists and make friends. What a schmoe .... lmao !!!

        September 24, 2013 at 11:25 pm |
      • MarcTheDuck

        You should just call him a name, Mark

        September 25, 2013 at 12:02 am |
    • TheBob

      You're a walking ad for birth control.

      September 24, 2013 at 10:34 pm | Reply
      • Miliiiii

        lol :)

        September 24, 2013 at 10:38 pm |
    • Wasnt Mee

      Trust but verify.............I don't trust my brother n law much either but we are able to sit down for dinner.

      September 24, 2013 at 10:47 pm | Reply
      • ameer ali

        finally i see at least one wise comment

        September 25, 2013 at 3:00 am |
      • Halo

        Yeah, I guess you can, except the fact that your brother in law is not a head of a state that has been controlling their proxy states to do quite a few evil acts of terror (Hizbolla is fully backed up by Iran, so were the Palestinians in the Intifada of 2002 were they slaughtered quite a few inoccents on purpose, and so is the Syrian regime). Your brother in law is also not a head of a state that has a large amount of oil, yet pursues nuclear power for 'civilian gains' in hidden, well defeneded, decentralized bunkers.

        Don't be fooled, Rouhani is just the last tactic from the masterminds there.

        September 25, 2013 at 3:35 am |
    • Divine Storm

      Behind the scene, his men are developing the nuke bombs.

      September 24, 2013 at 10:51 pm | Reply
      • Baghloon

        Maybe not! You talk with such confidence that one thinks you have access to all of their nuclear facilities! Unless you have an agenda (as Netanyahu does), there is no base to accuse them of such act (and to kill their kids' future by our sanction)

        September 24, 2013 at 10:59 pm |
    • blursd

      I don't even think he's really Iranian ... I can see a single gold chain around his neck. I smell a phony ...

      September 24, 2013 at 10:54 pm | Reply
    • Lucky

      Really?? Cause I'm Canadian living on the border with America and I don't trust Americans...too many crimes and too many problems with America

      September 24, 2013 at 11:14 pm | Reply
      • Jack Hollis

        You are wise not to trust us, we don't trust you either, nor do we even trust ourselves. Our current administration is led by the man that never was, an avowed Muslim that was born in Kenya, all this by his own admission. The entire world should be very afraid of Both Iran and the United States. Either of us could set off WWIII at any given time.

        September 24, 2013 at 11:54 pm |
    • american

      you sir are a meathead, dead from the neck up.

      September 25, 2013 at 12:22 am | Reply
    • Doc

      Don't listen to him he is a dope. This human garbage does not speak for anyone but himself.

      September 25, 2013 at 12:33 am | Reply
      • zsed

        are your interests in danger? if u ask me, its the reason u speak ugly like that.

        September 26, 2013 at 12:46 am |
    • Stephanie

      Does that mean, never trust you? you ever interacted with an Iranian or been connected in some fashion to one? I think you wrote this to provoke people and really don't mean it.

      September 25, 2013 at 12:37 am | Reply
      • ameer ali

        stephanie your words sounds good to me. thank you

        September 25, 2013 at 4:27 am |
    • MoodyFoodie

      Says the Israeli.

      September 25, 2013 at 12:53 am | Reply
    • straighttalk

      Well, I can say from experience that one should never trust a banker, a car salesmen and a real estate salesmen or a TV Evangelist.

      September 25, 2013 at 8:47 am | Reply
    • straighttalk

      You mean an American of course!

      September 25, 2013 at 8:56 am | Reply
  4. MisoMan

    Don't fall for his lies. Iran's goal is for the destruction and domination of the west.

    September 24, 2013 at 10:04 pm | Reply
    • Mark

      How can that be a goal of a nation that is still developing, they are no where near capable in any sort of sphere, be it economical, militarily, politically.

      September 24, 2013 at 10:27 pm | Reply
      • Jack Hollis

        By Islam, not necessarily by Iran which expects to be turned to cinders after they start using their nukes to start the holocaust.

        September 24, 2013 at 11:57 pm |
    • Baghloon

      Wow you know a lot!

      September 24, 2013 at 10:27 pm | Reply
    • TheBob

      You still wet your bed, don't you?

      September 24, 2013 at 10:36 pm | Reply
    • straighttalk

      MisoMan has learned nothing in life. Typical naive and uneducated American.

      September 25, 2013 at 8:48 am | Reply
    • David

      He is right. Iran is a very advanced country in terms of weaponry and bio warfare. Remember, with it's oil, it is much richer than USA. Only thing is, it is very secretive and it waits like a cat in the dark after its prey.

      September 25, 2013 at 12:20 pm | Reply
  5. Al Kanbin

    What a load of camel crap.

    September 24, 2013 at 10:04 pm | Reply
    • Major Tom

      Sounds like you're an expert in camel crap. Do you buy it by the ton? Or do you make you own?

      September 24, 2013 at 10:44 pm | Reply
      • Baghloon

        Awesome! :))

        September 24, 2013 at 10:49 pm |
      • Ground control

        Hey Major Tom, Awesome ! :)

        September 24, 2013 at 11:02 pm |
    • ameer ali

      al kanbin, not camel: al jamal, arabs and israelis cause these crap

      September 25, 2013 at 3:05 am | Reply
    • ameer ali

      tnx sirous. dadash esrail kheyli negarane, arabha az oonam badtar

      September 25, 2013 at 3:11 am | Reply
  6. Norma Lee

    Beautiful Christiane. Nou Rouz is not that far away..perhaps you could tell Obama to send his message in Farsi.It'simple .Nou Rouz az mardum Irani mobarack az mardum Amerique... 8 words yhat would put a smile on 80 million faces.

    September 24, 2013 at 10:06 pm | Reply
    • Iranian man

      Decent people of America
      Believe me, Iranians are so much friendly and we love to have relationship with US people.
      >–(0 0)–<
      with many hopes

      September 25, 2013 at 1:33 am | Reply
  7. 444 days hostage

    O will fall for this devil's lies.........

    September 24, 2013 at 10:07 pm | Reply
    • Randomthoughts

      If want to continue to live in the past, that is fine. I prefer to see a progressive world. If every conflict we were engaged in, continued with fighting and hate, there would be nobody left. If you have your issues, deal with them internally. Another reason why the US cannot let go of Cuba...

      September 24, 2013 at 10:15 pm | Reply
      • Alex Orobey

        The only way to predict where the future will take you is to look at the actions from the past. It is perfectly acceptable and good for Muslims to lie and deceive the Infidels in the purpose to advance the causes of Islam!
        NEVER TRUST IRAN sanctions work that is why Iran is all "we can work this out" the supreme leader picked this guy or one of the clones to be president. The people of Iran did not choose who can be president the Big Boos picked the clones to run for president!

        September 25, 2013 at 12:05 am |
    • 1953 Iranian coup d'état by US

      We should forget some stuff! just as a big family does.

      September 24, 2013 at 10:40 pm | Reply
    • woweverynametaken

      It is strange that an Iranian president would want friendship with America, us as they call us, "The Great Satan."

      September 24, 2013 at 11:03 pm | Reply
      • MoodyFoodie

        Things change. How about our ex-Pres calling them "The Axis of Evil"? Same thing – stupid playground namecalling is not helpful to world peace. Maybe this guy is more grown up than either Amadenijhad (sp?) and Bush.

        September 25, 2013 at 12:58 am |
      • Iranian man

        Decent people of America
        Believe me, Iranians are so much friendly and we love to have relationship with US people.
        >–(0 0)–<
        with many hopes

        September 25, 2013 at 1:35 am |
    • Jack Hollis

      Probably. Obama is totally at his opponents mercy when he engages in a game of wits.

      September 24, 2013 at 11:59 pm | Reply
    • Daveo

      yeah I remember that in 1979

      September 25, 2013 at 12:50 am | Reply
  8. paul script

    Friendship. Better ask the Quds about that. Or, is that a different department?

    September 24, 2013 at 10:07 pm | Reply
  9. zal

    It is amazing how we keep circling around the same issue! I wonder who is behind that!!!
    In any rate the history can not be deleted. Iranians have saved more Jews than any other nation COMBINED! even as late as WWII by commissioning their embassy in occupied France by issuing fake passports to Jews and have the flee the country as Iranian nationals.(I bet most people didn't know that). Iranians have never harmed Jews. Perhaps that is why Iran holds the most Jewish population outside Israel. The time has come for Iran to be recognized at the table. Think about who has the motive to stop the peace between Iran and the US? Who would want US to do the dirty work and get into war with Iran? Who would benefit? The answer is the same as the ones who are trying to discredit Iranian efforts.

    September 24, 2013 at 10:14 pm | Reply
    • Jack Hollis

      The Iranians might well love Jews but they hate the nation Israel and have vowed to totally destroy it and drive it's people into the sea. The crackpot president they had previously must have made that threat several hundred times while he was in office. He was merely voicing the will of the clerics.

      September 25, 2013 at 12:03 am | Reply
      • TheBob

        Actually, no Iranian has ever said that. You're confusing Faux News, Glenn Beck and Rush Limbo for real news. I defy you to find an actual credible source to back up your claim that "Iranians have vowed to totally destroy [Israel] and drive its people into the sea". Go ahead.

        September 25, 2013 at 12:53 am |
      • Iranian man

        No Jack its not true
        we love all people of this planet, you think we are from other planet??
        we are just loving people of WORLD
        we just speak with different languages
        But we are all the same
        we hate to kill your brothers or Israel brothers
        we also want to make world safe for our brothers in peace and friendship with all peoples
        please change your mind

        September 25, 2013 at 1:42 am |
  10. JKB

    I like this fellow, he has a kind look and a friendly message.

    September 24, 2013 at 10:15 pm | Reply
  11. johnny _m_mustard

    He may, but keep our enemies closer.

    September 24, 2013 at 10:16 pm | Reply
  12. removedposts

    Attention...Attention...Attention!
    Since Ruhani has taken office in Iran, 100 prisoners have been executed via hanging in Iran,,,

    September 24, 2013 at 10:17 pm | Reply
    • So

      your point? criminals are getting punished. How many were sent to prison in the US during that same time frame?

      September 24, 2013 at 10:28 pm | Reply
    • Sirous jafarian

      First, what is the source? anyone can suggest a number.how about a thousand? Make your drama more influencing.
      Second, there were a dozen who were freed recently including Nasrin Sotoudeh.
      Finally, Rouhani is the president of Iran. He cannot appoint judges or supreme court authorities. The only thing he can do is bargaining for the prisoners to be released.

      September 24, 2013 at 10:32 pm | Reply
  13. TheBob

    I am so glad that Jerry Garcia decided to run for president of Iran, and subsequently win the election and become president. That was a gutsy move on his part. I think we're going to see great changes and peaceful relations as a result. Jerry is all about peace. And I can't wait till he brings the band out here for a tour. GD ROCKS!!! Go Jerry!!!

    September 24, 2013 at 10:21 pm | Reply
    • Babak from LA

      About time ... someone with a sense of humor ... That was funny ... Ghorbanet!

      September 24, 2013 at 10:56 pm | Reply
      • TheBob

        Chakeram :)

        September 24, 2013 at 11:00 pm |
  14. johnny _m_mustard

    I say, it is Obama;s best interest to shake hands and keep our enemies closer.

    September 24, 2013 at 10:21 pm | Reply
  15. Norma Lee

    Yikes..get that fool Wolfiwitz off..and great how you are handling him!..and the other nay-sayers who have a thimble of knowledge about current Iran.

    September 24, 2013 at 10:25 pm | Reply
  16. Miliiiii شهدا ذخایر این مملکتند

    @Jafar JOON Khafe be MIR Kirrrr Iran va Jomhory Eslami nistiii , Marg bar Doshmanan Iran va Irani az Jomleh Sahyonista va Wahhbio Salafia

    Thank you Mr President Rohani Great Speech
    LONG LIVE IRAN , LONG Live The Resistance , Long live Bashar Assad and The Hezbollah

    September 24, 2013 at 10:27 pm | Reply
    • ameer ali

      this guy is one of dumb people who r in narrow minority in iran, but exist anyway

      September 25, 2013 at 4:30 am | Reply
      • Miliiiii

        nane jendat Minority eee kiriiii , if we are minority why we are winning then , :D if I think you haven't been to iran for 30 years , you are one of those mojahid saltanat talab todehi axariti aghaliat kirrrrr

        September 25, 2013 at 9:46 am |
      • rex

        @miliiii

        are you winning? did the revolution WIN? how is the rial? how many of your top minds leave the country? (i'll give you a hint. the loss of you top students and thinkers costs Iran $38 billion annually.) how many journalists and professors are in jail?how are you still going? The same way you kept going in 1999, and 2009. you won by pointing a gun at the other team. you won the house by setting fire to it. and you proudly sit on the ashes with you chest puffed out.

        September 25, 2013 at 11:53 am |
  17. ADAM

    What is his stance on Israel, does he recognize them as a state, if not then there is no start to negotiations. Time to wake up to reality Iran

    September 24, 2013 at 10:27 pm | Reply
    • Ryan

      Why are you obsessed with Israel?

      September 24, 2013 at 10:30 pm | Reply
      • ADAM

        They are an Ally, I would speak the same way about Taiwan if China threatened to attack them.

        September 24, 2013 at 10:34 pm |
      • Major Tom

        "Ally" is the name of a bank. Pretty sure Israel is not a bank. Well, not yet anyway.

        September 24, 2013 at 10:38 pm |
      • Iranian man

        No its not true
        we are just loving people of WORLD
        we just speak with different languages
        But we are all the same
        we hate to kill your brothers or Israel brothers
        we also want to make world safe for our brothers in peace and friendship with all peoples

        September 25, 2013 at 1:46 am |
    • Baghloon

      Really! Why are you so obsessed with Israel? Is the U.S. not losing so many allies in the middle east just to keep this one? This is a question Americans should ask their government (but unfortunately Miley Cyrus' twerking is a greater issue for their national interest)

      September 24, 2013 at 10:46 pm | Reply
    • Babak from LA

      Before asking his position on Israel, may we please see his position on America?!?

      September 24, 2013 at 10:59 pm | Reply
    • MoodyFoodie

      That's Israel's problem not mine.

      September 25, 2013 at 1:00 am | Reply
  18. Elena

    Call me optimistic, naïve or whatever, but I really have respect for this new Iranian leader, President Rouhani. With talks set to begin between John Kerry and his Iranian counterpart, I'm hopeful that the nuclear issue can be resolved fairly soon. I feel the Iranian & American people deserve this chance and President Obama and President Rouhani both seem to be willing to offer that chance to them. Please, let diplomacy continue to work. I'm tired of the war-mongers both in America and in other countries (cough...Israel).

    September 24, 2013 at 10:28 pm | Reply
    • MoodyFoodie

      ME TOO. Enough's enough already.

      September 25, 2013 at 1:01 am | Reply
  19. Steve Gale

    I would like to consider this man at face value. I believe that grace and forgiveness ought to be extended to all.
    Please , for the betterment of all of us , allow healing for past wrongs and past mistakes to be set aside.
    We as Christian people profess forgiveness. Lets put it into practice for God's sake!
    Let us be grateful for this opportunity.

    September 24, 2013 at 10:31 pm | Reply
  20. ADAM

    Seriously Elena, you're going to call Israel a war monger? They are a country the size of New Jersey and have been attacked 3 times over the past 50 years by their neighbors. With Iran's past president they had every right to be aggressive towards Iran. How would you feel if Canada was attempting to build nuclear weapons and promising to wipe out America (something the previous Iranian president promised frequently towards Israel)

    September 24, 2013 at 10:33 pm | Reply
    • ameer ali

      hey adam, elena is right: israel is a war monger. they do have nuclear bombs and are not n.p.t member. they terror oppositionsand formally admit that. and they build more and more at gazza. threatening and dangerous. but i dont give a sh...t to them if only they dont bother iran-usa closing process

      September 25, 2013 at 4:39 am | Reply
  21. removedposts

    Dear fellow Iranians, for a free exchange of idea please join this page
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/%D8%A7%D9%86%D8%AC%D9%85%D9%86-%D9%87%D9%88%DA%AF%D8%A7/535515596520962

    September 24, 2013 at 10:37 pm | Reply
  22. dajowi

    Look at that smile. It looks like the smile of a cat who just swallowed the canary.

    September 24, 2013 at 10:38 pm | Reply
  23. Julie Moore

    Nothing can be lost with a simple, courteous handshake, Nor can anything be lost by sitting down & talking with each other. On the other hand much can be gained. If it works out Obama will be hailed as a hero. If it doesn't he can at least say he tried. It would be better for him to try & fail than not try at all.

    September 24, 2013 at 10:39 pm | Reply
  24. Elena

    I'm not going to get into a back an forth with you, Adam. But, I was merely stating my opinion on certain individuals in both America and Israel who usually take a more aggressive tone when it comes to dealing with issues like this. I was not condemning all Americans or all Israelis. However, once again in my opinion only, I feel there are certain 'actors' in both countries who would rather fight than talk. You have your opinion and I respect that as well. Thank you...

    September 24, 2013 at 10:42 pm | Reply
    • ameer ali

      great. u speak like european! that is correct. and elena, i am sorry the zionist lobby is so powerful and they control public opinion specially in usa

      September 25, 2013 at 4:43 am | Reply
  25. alireza

    Mrs Amanpour you are still very Hottttttttttttttt:0

    jooooooooooooooooon:)

    September 24, 2013 at 10:42 pm | Reply
    • TheBob

      You don't get out much, do you?

      September 24, 2013 at 10:47 pm | Reply
      • alireza

        don't need your reply as she is originally Persian(Iranian)

        September 24, 2013 at 10:54 pm |
      • TheBob

        I know she's Persian. It doesn't change the fact that you don't get out much. Go out once in a while. See the world. Or at least your block.

        September 24, 2013 at 10:58 pm |
      • alireza

        HAHAHA
        seems to me you gone jelious
        sorry mate i,m not a gay

        September 24, 2013 at 11:06 pm |
      • MoodyFoodie

        Ah alireza I think you might be reinforcing certain negative stereotypes here...maybe...
        But you're right about Christiane.

        September 25, 2013 at 1:03 am |
  26. davecu

    Has anyone seen Imaneedabath lately?
    He was amusing. I hope he didn't wind up like Baghdad Bob.

    September 24, 2013 at 10:43 pm | Reply
  27. Babak from LA

    He speaks very well. Much different that Ahmadinejad. It remains to be seen, but so far I like him. I think he is someone we can talk to......

    September 24, 2013 at 10:50 pm | Reply
  28. BiblesMakeGoodTP

    Looks Good! Man I'd love to travel to Iran one day, beautiful history and culture to Persia.

    LET'S HOPE!

    September 24, 2013 at 10:53 pm | Reply
    • alireza

      You are very welcome at any time .

      September 24, 2013 at 10:58 pm | Reply
  29. Sam

    Talk peace with the head of terrorism YEAH RIGHT ...... and we are so stupid you think?....

    September 24, 2013 at 11:00 pm | Reply
    • Major Tom

      Well, we know you are. No need to generalize it to "we".

      September 24, 2013 at 11:06 pm | Reply
      • ameer ali

        major tom, u exactly wrote what i was going to write. he is stupid. head of terrorism? u mean rouhani? hey man publish ur information, dont hesitate. u owe to all the world

        September 25, 2013 at 4:47 am |
    • MoodyFoodie

      "The head of terrorism"??? Mmkay. Well at least you're not in a position of power. Gee sorry we might actually have a chance at diplomacy instead of your war fantasies...

      September 25, 2013 at 1:05 am | Reply
  30. Iranian

    ADAM ....

    Stop kissing Israeli asses man! It is so unfortunate that instead of Israel looking like a US colony, US is looking like an Israeli colony. We people of iran do not have anything against the Jewish people, although I think BB and Ahmadinejad were in bed together and both are so disgusting. Israel benefits from the enmity between Iran and US because they can this way rip your tax payer dollar off 3 billion dollars every year! Ally! what ally? Shah of Iran was you best ally and your government stabbed him in the back! I appreciate people like Elena who are not slaves of others as you are. Time changes and everything change. As long as you continue to make Israel more important than anything else, nothing will change. You are America and we are Iran. Let Israel solve its own problems and not cry like a whining baby all the time. If it was not because of our king, Cyrus the great they would not even exist today and I wonder how the Israeli prime minister dares we should make sure people of Iran starve to death by completely stopping their oil and gas exports.

    September 24, 2013 at 11:01 pm | Reply
    • Saman

      Agreed @Iranian,,, Netanyahu is the most war mongering piece of life that I have ever seen, while the world is talking about diplomacy , Israel prefers war while that has not worked out for them at all in 60 years

      September 24, 2013 at 11:37 pm | Reply
  31. bobpombrio

    Yea I don't think so. I remember what kind of friends the Iranian's were at the start of the 1980's. I also remember being told to stay away from them during Tech school while I was in the AF in 1978.

    September 24, 2013 at 11:02 pm | Reply
  32. Ali007

    Is there really any difference b/w the US President Obama and the Iranian President Rouhani. Rouhani was elected to the office when he pleased the Ayatolas who control Iran and Obama came to office after he pleased the Israelis who control the USA

    September 24, 2013 at 11:04 pm | Reply
  33. Nathan

    Seems as though our president is more willing to negotiate with Iran than with conservatives in his own country.

    September 24, 2013 at 11:05 pm | Reply
    • John B.

      Conservatives in this country have made it very clear they will not negotiate with Liberals.

      September 24, 2013 at 11:34 pm | Reply
  34. Grappler

    Hard to trust someone who runs a country that publically hangs people in the street for being gay.

    September 24, 2013 at 11:05 pm | Reply
    • John B.

      You know damn well that the governor of Texas would gladly do the exact same thing if he knew he could get away with it. But he can't, so he doesn't, and that's the only reason. He CAN'T GET AWAY WITH IT. Same with the governors of about 20 other states. So why does anyone trust and do business with the US?

      September 24, 2013 at 11:30 pm | Reply
      • America

        what is your problem man?
        what a loser.... if you love Iran go and live there....

        September 25, 2013 at 12:07 am |
      • John B.

        What's the matter, "America"? Plain, simple truth hurts, doesn't it? Deal with it. But not by getting p!ssy.

        September 25, 2013 at 12:30 am |
      • MoodyFoodie

        LOL you bet they would! Anyway Iran's president has only so much power over that kind of thing, the Clerics are in control of that. And the US still has the death penalty in many states so ...can we judge?

        September 25, 2013 at 1:08 am |
  35. Larry

    False hope with peace with irain

    September 24, 2013 at 11:06 pm | Reply
  36. guest

    "Too complicated to have a meeting" for the Iranians back home. That translates to double talk. HE IS F.O.S... He is not in charge if that is the case...

    September 24, 2013 at 11:10 pm | Reply
    • alireza

      You are %100 right.
      Like Obama ,before any decision goes to AIPAC !

      September 24, 2013 at 11:14 pm | Reply
    • Nariman

      I heard Lindsey Graham and many other senators say we need to first talk to Israel before we talk to Iran. OMG! Unbelievable. US is not a colony of Israel. Congratulations ...

      September 24, 2013 at 11:31 pm | Reply
    • MoodyFoodie

      Lindsey Graham and his like need to sit down and shut up. Nothing but old, deranged hawks.

      September 25, 2013 at 1:09 am | Reply
  37. Tom

    This is the same guy that slaughtered people that didn't hold to his religion in 1979 and had his part in invading sovereign land in the us and Canadian embassies and held hostages for over a year. Yeah. I definitely believe this guy. Really a good guy underneath it all. Realllllly.

    September 24, 2013 at 11:12 pm | Reply
    • John B.

      Dubya used to be a drunk and a coke head. Yet you worship the ground he walks on. How odd.

      September 24, 2013 at 11:37 pm | Reply
  38. Tridacna

    Anyone see Mars Attacks?

    September 24, 2013 at 11:17 pm | Reply
    • Timetraveler

      "You've still got two of the three branches of government working for you. And that ain't bad."

      September 24, 2013 at 11:23 pm | Reply
  39. Fernando Perez

    Let's do peace, this guy took the first step ( I bring peace and friendship) he also said that he is against war and extremists, this is not the crazy Amadinejad, Rouhani recognized the holocaust.
    I think our government must talk with Rouhani, it's a grat opportunity to ease tensions in Mid-East

    September 24, 2013 at 11:19 pm | Reply
    • America

      yaa, may be you should go and visit, we can appoint you as a an ambassador there.. sounds good?

      September 25, 2013 at 12:08 am | Reply
  40. Nariman

    (With respect to all great Americans ... This is meant for the pin heads)

    Contributions of the US to the democracy abroad (For pin head Americans)

    1- American lead coup in Iran in 1953
    2- Funding Ayatollah Khomeini in 1979 and helping to overthrow the Shah, your best ally
    3 Stopping the Iranian army to topple Khomeini right after the revolution by a coup
    4- Funding and supporting Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt with Morsi
    5- Crying like crazy when Morsi was overthrown by the Egyptian military
    6- Funding and helping Saddam Hossein in war against Iran (Even when he used chemical weapons)
    7- Creating Al Quada in the 90s based on the confessions of Hilary Clinton
    8- Leaving people of Syria all to die even after a chemical weapon attack because Syria does not have oil

    Wake up Americans!
    Stop drinking and pay attention to the world. Read the history ...
    World is more about talking trash, drinking and having tattoos all over your bodies.

    September 24, 2013 at 11:23 pm | Reply
    • MoodyFoodie

      And then there's what we did for Al-Queda and the Taliban in Afghanistan...

      September 25, 2013 at 1:11 am | Reply
  41. rosner927

    Of course he wants peace with US right now, because peace is exactly what they need to make a nuclear bomb. If US lift the sanction, they can have their nuclear bomb ready in no time.

    September 24, 2013 at 11:36 pm | Reply
    • Major Tom

      s l o w c l a p . . . b r a v o . . .

      September 24, 2013 at 11:38 pm | Reply
      • Hamed

        A good one!

        September 25, 2013 at 10:38 am |
  42. Alex Orobey

    REMEMBER This it is perfectly good and proper for a Muslim to lie and not keep any word given when dealing with infidels and other Muslims who are not pure. NEVER TRUST IRAN!

    September 24, 2013 at 11:38 pm | Reply
    • John B.

      Yes, because American politicians are the very model of honesty and honor. Hypocrite much?

      September 24, 2013 at 11:41 pm | Reply
    • rosner927

      Technically they are not lying. He didn't promise to abandon Iran's nuclear program.

      September 24, 2013 at 11:54 pm | Reply
  43. DR oss

    I agree with a previous comment. Christiane Amanpour is HOT. She is also one of, if not, THE best reporter on any network. Thanks for this great interview. Let's hope this is the beginning of something good.

    Trust but verify.

    September 24, 2013 at 11:41 pm | Reply
  44. Hassan

    We'll its obvious that the guy is trying to "improve" Iran's FP especially towards the "west".

    September 24, 2013 at 11:45 pm | Reply
    • John B.

      Dude you should be working for CNN with that keen, sharp insight into foreign policy. Instead of posting valuable commentary like this for free, you should be getting paid for it. Contact some CNN execs.

      September 24, 2013 at 11:52 pm | Reply
    • MarcTheDuck

      Very Obvious

      September 25, 2013 at 12:04 am | Reply
  45. rofl

    In broviet russia, cool story tells you

    September 24, 2013 at 11:49 pm | Reply
  46. America

    most of the American People are stupid and ignorant. this is obvious here in this commentary, they believe everything right away. not only that, they get screwed once, they say screw me over again, and again, and again.
    I love you America XOXOXOXOXOXOX

    September 24, 2013 at 11:50 pm | Reply
    • rosner927

      Americans are: "Too young, too simple, sometimes naive!"

      September 24, 2013 at 11:56 pm | Reply
      • Freddo

        I suspect you mean "America", rather than "Americans" are too young ... given that we all live similar lifespans.

        But in any case, the reference to America being "young, simple, and naive" is such a cute, meaningless phrase. Older cultures are no more wiser, sophisticated, or less naive. They're simply ... older.

        And if you believe your culture makes you wiser ... you're remarkably naive.

        September 25, 2013 at 12:42 am |
      • rosner927

        Yeah, would you like to elaborate that who lost China in 1949?

        September 25, 2013 at 3:51 am |
  47. pjoe

    Kind words are welcome ... but we received kind words right before Pearl Harbor.

    Forgive us for thinking that words are cheap. Trust but VERIFY.

    September 24, 2013 at 11:51 pm | Reply
  48. dot8

    You can't trust an enemy ... even if that person becomes your friend.

    September 24, 2013 at 11:56 pm | Reply
    • Jesus Christ

      Israel is always an enemy. They spy on us more than any other nation. Face facts, Jack. Things are not always what they appear to be.

      We know enough about Iran to determine if they're lying or not. We will need them if we want hope of maintaining stability in the region.

      September 25, 2013 at 12:12 am | Reply
      • KISMET

        YOU'RE AN IDIOT, WE KNOW ALL ? WHAT AN IDIOT.... IT'S ALL THE OLD PUSSBAG'S IN POWER, WHO ARE OUT OF TOUCH AND DON'T CARE ABOUT THE PEOPLE OR WHO LIVES.. THE GEAZER GENERATION HAS DESTROYED THIS PLANET.. FIRE THEM ALL !! I'M 23... MY GENERATION HAS TO FIX THE MISTAKES YOU OLD GEAZER'S MAKE... EVER NOTICE.. ALL THE LAW MAKERS ARE VERY UNSIGHTLY, OVER WEIGHT, ALL WEALTHY. BUT SEEM TO BE IGNORANT OF THE WORLD ?

        September 25, 2013 at 3:15 am |
  49. chris.geeberg

    utter and complete LIP service

    September 25, 2013 at 12:00 am | Reply
  50. Lela

    Some one must have lit a candle under his behind.

    September 25, 2013 at 12:02 am | Reply
  51. Bogdan

    He looks clever. Much more clever than our Putin.
    Its very difficult to look clever when you are not. I like him.

    September 25, 2013 at 12:02 am | Reply
  52. MarcTheDuck

    Looks like the Iranians have decided to test Obama's IQ... let's see how he does...

    September 25, 2013 at 12:04 am | Reply
  53. Reagalives4ever

    This is a joke. He is handpicked by the Supreme Leader who is running the show. They don't want peace. They want a bomb. This guy has said they will flatten Israel....He is responsible for the crackdown on the Arab Spring that was happening in Iran...the one Obama didn't say anything about. Egypt, Tunisia, UAE, Libya, Syria..run by or soon to be run by Islamists...Obama had to weigh in. Iran, already run by Islamists...Obama no comment.

    September 25, 2013 at 12:05 am | Reply
    • John B.

      Why can't they have peace and the bomb? We do. So do more than a dozen other nations.

      September 25, 2013 at 12:14 am | Reply
      • Jesus Christ

        Good point. Pakistan has nukes and they're far more likely to use it than Iran would.

        We've let Israel ignore 63 UN resolutions and know for a fact they're nuclear armed. But somehow we turn a blind eye to that.

        September 25, 2013 at 12:16 am |
  54. Jesus Christ

    The US has caused the vast majority of issues between the nations. If he's willing to make friends and peace, it is our duty to extend our hand. We can't cure our issues with bombs, we should know this by now. I welcome the peace between Iran and the US and hopefully cooperation in mutual interests.

    Obama campaigned in 2008 claiming he wanted peace between the US and Israel. It's time he delivered.

    September 25, 2013 at 12:09 am | Reply
    • KISMET

      THE DEVIL CLAIMS PEACE, ONLY TO DESTROY THE MASSES... IRAN IS EVIL !! RUSSIA And china will nuke us.. BE READY SOON !!

      September 25, 2013 at 3:11 am | Reply
  55. Jeremy

    Really?
    A message of peace?
    The same peace given to the over 250 marines killed in Lebanon as a symbol that Iran is calling the shots?
    The same peace given to the innocent people killed in the bomb attack in Argentina?
    The same peace that killed several tourists relaxing on the Bulgarian coast?
    The same peace that Iran attempted to use when they planned a massive attack on a restaurant in Washington for the purpose of killing one person?

    Yeah....I can see how they represent a 'religion of peace', the same message the mormons conveyed during their massacres of people heading west.
    Yeah, sure...

    September 25, 2013 at 12:11 am | Reply
    • Jesus Christ

      Don't be narrow minded. Islam is a religion of peace. They believe in a second coming of Christ, Jews do not. Islam has extremists just as the Jews and Christians. Do you see all Christians as murderous as they were during the crusades killing everything they could? Or are they all just like Westboro?

      September 25, 2013 at 12:15 am | Reply
      • John B.

        Going strictly by the book, there are no Christians in the world. None. Zero. No one follows the Bible. Not even the Westboro whackjobs.

        September 25, 2013 at 12:20 am |
      • Freddo

        Islam may be a religion of peace, but too many of its fundamentalist followers see it otherwise.

        Westboro is but a handful of nuts, who speak loudly and self-righteously, but could be mopped up in an instant if they dared venture to the "dark side".

        And comparing current day Islamic fundamentalists with the Crusades from a thousand years ago ... really? This is 2013, not the early 1000's.

        Apparently, rational comparisons are not your forte.

        September 25, 2013 at 12:24 am |
    • iranian propaganda postings

      its all the iranian propagandists on a mission posting hurray drivel on this forum....the women revolutionary guards dressed in all black apparently were and are the worst deviants when they catch a suspect not living up to dress code or some mandated prayer meeting....it was also only a few weeks ago some drivel of death to america and israel was being billowed as usual....not sure but I see many other citizens who love hanging at a beach in skimpy wear watching women in skimpy wear, going to baseball, football, hckey games, and bars, pubs and discos...how many in iran or other backwater muslim dirtholes where men in dresses with beards and towels wrapped on their heads tell people what to do enjoy any f those diversions?....pull all free foreign food aid to thee places where the men in skirts are forcing women to have 15-20 kids on our free food while our citizens are being driven into pvoerty

      September 25, 2013 at 2:09 am | Reply
      • KISMET

        CHINA , RUSSIA, IRAN, IS OUT TO DESTROY AMERICA. BECAUSE OUR PRESIDENT IS WEAK AND SOME SAY A CLOSET MUSLIM WANTING TO SEE AMERICA DESTROYED.. THEY DEVIL WALKS IN A BLUE SUIT, PRAY GOD DESTROY'S THESE EVIL'S. THE TROJEN HORSE !!! WEAKEN THE MIGHTY ONE FROM WITHIN. THE DEVIL IS HEAR TO CAST US AWAY LIKE CATLE .... ALLUMINATI ARE HERE TO DESTROY US

        September 25, 2013 at 3:09 am |
  56. Freddo

    Beware Iranians bearing "friendship".

    I, for one, haven't forgotten the takeover of our embassy, nor the years of hostile rhetoric.

    This may just be more rhetoric, meant to distract us from the ongoing issues throughout the Middle East .. including Syria.

    The timing of it all is so ... opportunistic ... and self-serving.

    September 25, 2013 at 12:17 am | Reply
    • John B.

      For that matter Americans cannot be trusted. Maybe you don't know what they did to the sovereign nation of Iran in 1953, with zero provocation. Learn some history bruh.

      September 25, 2013 at 12:23 am | Reply
      • Freddo

        First, I'm not your "bruh".

        Second, you conveniently stop your historical reference in the 50's. Try looking back a bit further – particularly at Russian and British control over Iran.

        Third, I'll note that "bruh" rhymes with "duh" ... another gutteral sound you are likely fond of emitting ... often.

        September 25, 2013 at 12:37 am |
      • John B.

        I never said you're *my* bruh. Just that you're a bruh. And you completely avoided my question. What Russia and the Brits did before is irrelevant. The US toppled Iran's government in 1953. Go learn something, bruh.

        September 25, 2013 at 12:44 am |
  57. Jeremy

    The ironic aspect between Islam and the word 'peace' is that it is not used on the same context as everyone else uses the word.
    For example, an army of 400 heavily armed, battle-hardened Chechen militia crossed into Dagestan in September, 1999. They came upon a village supposedly guarded by 13 poorly trained, lightly armed Russian boy-conscripts. The frightened young men fought valiantly until they ran out of ammo. However, 7 of the youths were able to get out and run away while the others held off the militants until the other soldiers were gone.
    The militant leader attempted to 'negotiate' for the Russian soldiers' surrender. The boys said no. Then the leader 'vowed' to give them POW status if they surrendered and 'gave him his word'. The dropped their weapons and went with the militants.
    What happened next you might ask;
    Sadly, use google to look up; "Execution of 6 Russian soldiers in Dagestan" and if you can stomach it, see for yourself what Muslims mean by the word 'peace'.

    Also keep in mind; The Koran says it is ok for a member of the faithful to lie to an 'infidel', but sinful to lie to another Muslim- figure that one out?

    September 25, 2013 at 12:20 am | Reply
  58. Mateo

    Wow. I'm impressed, whatever the outcome will be. It's a step in the right direction..

    September 25, 2013 at 12:21 am | Reply
  59. DR oss

    Can't we just TRY to talk with them? Look at the Green Revolution a few years back. There are millions upon millions of young Iranians who want better relations with us and the West. Although I admit it hasn't been in Iran, I have never met an Iranian person, anywhere, that I did not like. I would like to visit Iran someday. What a cultural heritage! There are many other places in the world that we Americans should visit and learn from. Pick one... anywhere!

    September 25, 2013 at 12:22 am | Reply
  60. Audiatur et altera parts

    True is King Cyrus (Iranian)freed The Jewish people out of Babylon. History is beautiful sometimes... Civilizations can do great things. What I suspect is racism against the original semitic people, regardless of their religion.

    September 25, 2013 at 12:23 am | Reply
  61. Bill

    If he offers his hand in friendship, we're idiots not to take it, point blank. There was more than enough blame to go around in '79. We did, in fact, topple their elected leader and supported a brutal dictator in their country for a long time. If there is even a chance of moving past that chapter in our shared history, we need to shake his hand, take him at his word, and engage. Then his sincerity or lack thereof will be borne out in actions.

    I was greatly encouraged to hear this man wish Jews in his country and everywhere a happy new year. That's a big departure from the rhetoric of his predecessor. I say lets suspend our disbelief and take the man at his word. We're big enough as a people to do that.

    September 25, 2013 at 12:31 am | Reply
  62. jo

    I have great hopes for this new Iranian President! Welcome to America!! You have the peoples attention! :)

    September 25, 2013 at 12:32 am | Reply
  63. Rees

    I'm glad to see the diplomacy route is being pursued but I would like to ensure this doesn't give the Islamic Republic any legitimacy; Barack Obama is an elected representative, whereas Rouhani was elected as 'the least worst of the rest', from a selection by a regime that lost any little legitimacy it had when it persecuted so many innocent Iranians during the previous election; nothing the regime does now can repay for the rape and killing of the young innocent Iranians in Kahrizak and places alike.

    We can't really say US and Iran are pursuing diplomacy, but rather the US and a gang of thugs who really lack any legitimate internal oversight of what they do (i.e. no independent judiciary) so they need international pressure to keep them at bay, are doing so.

    I hope this softening tone doesn't make the US and the international community disregard the human rights situation in Iran; I would have liked to see Obama stress the issue of human rights more in his speech today.

    We see that unfortunately today with China, where the human rights situation is the worst it could be (way worse than in Iran), but the west is ever so cautious to tell Chinese leaders to respect human rights (they have to dance around it so carefully before they make a statement). For some reason, it seems an innocent person dieing in China attracts less of the west's attention and rhetoric than in Iran, where, rightly, any human rights misbehavour is condemned very strongly by the west. Let's hope that at least this doesn't change in Iran with the softening tone between the two countries. A loss of life and freedom is still a loss, no matter what the tone of the relationship.

    September 25, 2013 at 12:35 am | Reply
  64. PJ Script

    Couldn't see Prez O? Guess he had to watch tonight's episode of NCIS-Los Angeles. Coincidence?

    September 25, 2013 at 12:38 am | Reply
  65. Daniel

    Talk is cheap
    Need to focus on actions

    September 25, 2013 at 12:41 am | Reply
  66. UpsetVoter

    It is refreshing to see a friendly open president of Iran. Their last president was always on the attack and thrived on making the tensions worse. I hope there will be true dialog and understanding in the future. I am still concerned about their supreme leader who's entire career is based on hatred of America. I believe the supreme leader will try to derail any progress.

    September 25, 2013 at 1:11 am | Reply
    • Houtan

      Speaking of our ex-president, at least I'd say 98% of the Iranians consider that guy a monkey with a big mouth...screaming towards the U.S for his bananas... >,<

      September 25, 2013 at 1:58 am | Reply
  67. jude0220

    He looks peaceful and speaks really nice. I pray it is for real, only time will tell. It seems like it really comes down to the Supreme Leader though.

    September 25, 2013 at 1:37 am | Reply
  68. Iranian man

    Decent people of America
    Believe me, Iranians are so much friendly and we love to have relationship with US people.
    >–(0 0)–<
    with many hopes

    September 25, 2013 at 1:53 am | Reply
    • KISMET

      IRAN IS PURE EVIL, AND CHINA AND RUSSIA. THINKING OUR LEADERSHIP IS WEAK AND WILL TRY TO ATTACK.. IT'S WRITTEN THEY STRIKE IN THEIR SLEEP.. BUT WE WILL STRIKE BACK. IF AMERICA CAN'T LIVE IN PEACE. NOR SHALL THE REST !!

      September 25, 2013 at 3:02 am | Reply
  69. RMDA

    As an American, a military veteran and a world citizen who believes in peace. Like citizens of most countries who's governments are ignorant of each other – we the people believe and understand that it is our Governments who do not listen to the people, do not try to be diplomatic, nor ensue peaceful actions. Whilst I agree that nuclear programmes for all countries should be banned, certain Governments with rogue histories should be prevented from having nuclear weapons – by force if necessary. If your nuclear programme is truily for energy purposes only – then let the world monitors watch. Nobody wants war and the American people want peace with the people of Iran equally. I hope the actions from Iran are honest and we can work towards peace and productivity for each of our benefit

    September 25, 2013 at 1:53 am | Reply
    • Houtan

      Me as an Iranian and almost American, can't agree with you more. Thumps up!!

      September 25, 2013 at 1:56 am | Reply
    • Iranian man

      Iran has declared many times that we agree to work on peaceful nuclear programme under world's monitoring

      September 25, 2013 at 2:18 am | Reply
    • John B.

      There is no way you're an American. No American spells "program" the way you do. Your spelling betrays your nationality. You're a Brit. The very people who have doggedly tried to disintegrate and control Iran and its resources for the last 150 years, without success. You're not fooling anyone pal. But nice try. Next time do better research on how to impersonate an American.

      September 25, 2013 at 2:48 am | Reply
  70. res65

    i'll definitely keep an open mind. Words need to be backed by concrete actions on the nuclear development issues. Time will tell the whole story before Obama leaves office about this new regime. I would advise poeple to be hopeful but not gleeful.

    September 25, 2013 at 1:58 am | Reply
    • alex valian

      Yr last sentence is what this is all about. Keep it up!!!

      September 25, 2013 at 2:25 am | Reply
  71. Kathy, AZ

    I do not trust this guy one bit. He's a wolf in sheep's clothing.

    September 25, 2013 at 1:58 am | Reply
    • Houtan

      All we can do is, pray and give him a chance to prove himself.

      September 25, 2013 at 1:59 am | Reply
      • Dan

        And 130,000 dead in Syria, actively supported by Iran, you still pray and give the guy a chance to help kill another 130,000. Are you that naïve???????????????

        September 25, 2013 at 11:25 am |
    • John B.

      It takes one to know one.

      September 25, 2013 at 2:29 am | Reply
    • darvish

      Ah, yes. Arizona. Quite possibly the most racist group of people on the planet. Congrats!

      September 25, 2013 at 2:37 am | Reply
    • M.A.P.

      Yeah but you most likely trust Michelle Bachmann – who is under investigation for misusing funds raised for her presidential bid. Hmmm trustworthy?

      September 25, 2013 at 6:06 am | Reply
  72. NNH49

    That's the way it should be: looking for measures to bring peace to the world. Remember John Lennon :'Imagine all the people, living life in peace..you know..'. Don't be sceptical, be optinmist. Give the runner a chance (donnez au coureur une chance). Goodluck Mr. Rouhani !

    September 25, 2013 at 2:00 am | Reply
    • NNH49

      Sorry for the typing mistake. Can't edit it. Please read 'optimist' in lieu of 'optinmist'. Thank you.

      September 25, 2013 at 2:04 am | Reply
  73. Guest

    I'll be honest, I really really hope this guy works out.

    September 25, 2013 at 2:12 am | Reply
    • John B.

      Why are you concerned with this guy's work out routine? Maybe he works out, maybe he doesn't. It looks to me like he doesn't do a whole lot of working out. He can stand to lose 20 or 30 lb. Some aerobics maybe.

      September 25, 2013 at 2:34 am | Reply
  74. Iranian man

    past is past
    New era is coming with FRIENDSHIP

    September 25, 2013 at 2:14 am | Reply
    • KISMET

      IRAN IS EVIL, JUST STALLING FOR TIME

      September 25, 2013 at 2:59 am | Reply
      • M.A.P.

        WHATS WITH ALL THE CAPS, DUDE?

        We can hear you perfectly clearly – no need to SHOUT!!

        Why do the extreme right always feel the need to scream their opinions the loudest?

        September 25, 2013 at 6:01 am |
    • M.A.P.

      Ignore the idiot above. We are ready to start a new relationship with Iran (the west).

      September 25, 2013 at 6:05 am | Reply
  75. alex valian

    Listening to Pres.Rouhani's intreview with the great Amanpour, one gets the sensation that "Spring is in the air". Lets enjoy the breeze it brings and make it last for the whole season. The winter has been long & harsh.

    September 25, 2013 at 2:23 am | Reply
  76. forpeace

    I agree there is a sense of sincerity and authenticity in his words not seen in any politician or those previously in power in Iran.

    September 25, 2013 at 2:36 am | Reply
    • Rationalist

      I don't know. Ahmadinejad seemed quite sincere in the things he was saying. It wasn't his sincerity that was in doubt.

      September 25, 2013 at 2:41 am | Reply
  77. KISMET

    IRAN IS PURE EVIL, SO IS CHINA AND RUSSIA, THERE PLAN IS TO DESTROY AMERICA. IF AMERICA FALLS. ALL FREE NATIONS FALL UNDER THEIR TYRANT INFLUENCE'S. BUT KNOW THIS.. ALL OF AMERICA RIGHT NOW BELIEVES " AMERICA IS IN THE END TIMES" IF WE GET NUKED , ALL OF AMERICAN NUKES WILL BE DEPLOYED.. NO ONE SHALL SURVIVE.. THEIR PLAN IS TO STRIKE US IN THE NIGHT. FIRST DEPLETING AMERICA'S WEALTH SO THEY HAVE A FIGHTING CHANCE.. GUESS WHAT... WE HAVE NUKES IN THESE EVIL COUNTRIES ALREADY WATING, JUST LIKE THEY HAVE THEM HERE.. WHAT LIFE WILL BE LEFT FOR ANYONE AFTER WW3 COMES ? ENJOY YOUR LIVES UNDER GROUND..... AMERICA.. DO NOT TRUST IRAN, CHINA, RUSSIA, PURE EVIL... ALEAST WE ARE FINNALLY GETTING READY KNOWING THESE EVILS ARE COMING TO GET US.... YOU NUKE WE NUKE,, BYE BYE

    September 25, 2013 at 2:49 am | Reply
    • John B.

      Wow. It's like Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh cut off the top of your skull, emptied out any brains you may have once had, took a couple of giant dumps in it, put the cap back on and nailed it shut. And here you are spewing LOUD CRAP as a result. Just wow.

      September 25, 2013 at 2:56 am | Reply
      • M.A.P.

        OMFG LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        September 25, 2013 at 5:59 am |
    • mani

      evil is some persons is same as you that really dont know where is iran and what is persia..if persia not existed now also there is no Israel.iran is culture of the world but because of some person same as you never peace coming in the world

      September 25, 2013 at 8:40 am | Reply
  78. KISMET

    AMERICA ALSO HAS THE TECHNOLOGY TO EXPLODE YOUR NUKES WITH THE TESLA LASER SECONDS AFTER YOU LAUNCH. ENJOY YOUR OWN NUKES :)

    September 25, 2013 at 2:51 am | Reply
  79. Carl

    To all of you who believe him, please contact me I have a bridge in Brooklyn that I'd like to sell you

    September 25, 2013 at 2:52 am | Reply
    • Iftah

      :-) :-) :-), and a piece of real estate on the moon

      September 25, 2013 at 3:19 am | Reply
  80. sasss31

    When Rouhani says "I am not a historian to judge the Holocaust"; that is simply another way to deny the genocide of the Jewish people. "He is not a historian"? Any dummy knows the Holocaust took place. It is indisputable that millions of Jews were killed in an attempt to exterminate the Jewish people. By copping out with the "I am not a historian card", Rouhani shows that he is no "moderate". He is awfully close to being a Holocaust denier and sounds just like Ahmadinejad with his parsing of words in not addressing the question. And he is bringing "friendship and peace to the American people". Does that mean that the "death to America", "death to Israel" chants will stop soon at Friday prayers? What utter nonsense. And shame on the people being fooled by the rhetoric of this man who is trying to present a false soft face to this evil, brutal regime.

    September 25, 2013 at 2:58 am | Reply
    • John B.

      "t is indisputable that millions of Jews were killed in an attempt to exterminate the Jewish people."

      How is the "millions" indisputable? No concrete proof has ever presented as to the count of "millions". The best objective estimates are in the several hundred thousands. Well below one million. I'm not for one moment saying that excuses the murders. But "millions" is simply exaggerated. The guy who has done extensive research on this is himself a Jew.

      September 25, 2013 at 3:07 am | Reply
      • sasss31

        You are a loon. Get yourself mental help.

        September 25, 2013 at 3:15 am |
      • John B.

        No, you see "you're a loon" is not proof of anything. Well, maybe one thing. It is proof that you're clueless and you'll accept any claim without evidence, if it's repeated enough times. It's proof that you're a lemming.

        September 25, 2013 at 3:28 am |
      • sasss31

        I am not here to debate an indisputable fact. You are a loon and it is important for people to see that it is a Holocaust denier such as yourself that cozies up with the Mullahs and are an anti-Israeli bigot.

        September 25, 2013 at 3:41 am |
      • UpsetVoter

        I think your count is off. I believe that 13.7 million people died in those concentration camps and 6 million of them were Jewish. I also feel that the remaining 7.7 million non Jewish victims, which include 90% of the Gypsies, are being ignored by the teachings of the Holocaust. We can also add the millions of Russians who died as Hitler's army marched north.

        September 25, 2013 at 3:50 am |
      • John B.

        You're a lemming. You'll swallow any garbage your superiors shove down your throat. You've never questioned those so-called "indisputable facts". How exactly are they so "indisputable"? Your programmed pea-size "brain" is so fixed that it won't even allow you to question things like this for one second. You're also incapable of comprehending simple English. I never denied the holocaust. But you're programmed to immediately switch to the "denier" mode as soon as anyone raises questions about the topic. You're just pathetic.

        September 25, 2013 at 3:52 am |
      • John B.

        UpsetVoter, your "beliefs" are irrelevant. Only facts supported by evidence matter. Where are the facts and the evidence to support those numbers?

        September 25, 2013 at 3:55 am |
      • UpsetVoter

        According to the German Ministry of Justice, there were over 1200 concentration camps. In Bergen-Belsan alone, the British military found 60,000 prisoners and 13,000 bodies waiting to be buried. 10,000 of the 60,000 died from years under the poor conditions shortly after the British arrived. This was obviously an above average camp size since 13,000 deaths in each of 1200 camps would equal 15.6 million dead in the camps. Bergen-Belsan was tiny compared to Auschwitz where the Soviet government initially claimed that 4 million people died. That number was considered to be greatly exaggerated and the more realistic death total for Auschwitz alone is currently between 800,000 and 900,000.

        September 25, 2013 at 4:30 am |
      • UpsetVoter

        John B. .... I defiantly understand why sasss31 responded to you as a Holocaust denier. Your numbers make it look like just a minor incident.

        September 25, 2013 at 4:39 am |
      • Dan

        I thought all Nazis were dead by now. You prove me wrong.

        September 25, 2013 at 11:23 am |
      • David

        @Sasss31 maybe something which is "indisputable fact" for you is not "indisputable fact" for others, and it is the place historian expert should enter. BTW as I saw, he said any such a crime must be condemned and it means he is not for that! I think people like you make hardliners in the world!

        September 25, 2013 at 4:26 pm |
  81. KISMET

    AMERICA IN PREVIOS WAR'S, HAS HELPED CHINA, RUSSIA, SO MANY COUNTRIES.. WE CAN'T KEEP ALL THE EVIL ANIMAL'S IN THEIR CAGES AND MUST ALLOW THEM TO DESTROY THEMSELVES !! IF ALL MUSLIMS ARE PEACEFUL, WHY DO YOU KILL WITHOUT A BLINK ? THINK ABOUT IT.. ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD A TERRORIST SEEMS TO BE MUSLIM ? SO CALLED PEACFULL RELIGION. THIS COUNTRY IS CRAZY TO TRUST CHINA WITH OUR POULTRY ( AMERICA'S LARGEST ) CHICKENS WILL BE SENT TO CHINA, TO BE PROCESSED ? THEN SENT BACK TO AMERICA ?? OUR GOVERNMENT IS CRAZY !! HELLO BIRD FLU !! HELLO DIRTY PEOPLE = DIRTY FOOD !! ALL CHINA'S LAND AND WATER ARE TOXIC, SO NOW USE IT TO PROCESS OUR CHICKEN AND PORK... WE HAVE SOME REAL WINNERS MAKING OUR LAW'S... LET CONGRESS ANS THE WHITE HOUSE DINE ON THE FIRST CHINA PROCESSED CHICKENS !!.... SEEMS LIKE SOMEONE IS JUST TRYING THIN THE HURDS PEOPLE... PAY ATTENTION !!

    September 25, 2013 at 2:58 am | Reply
  82. Rev.Ebenezer Malyi

    This interview is sweet.But we know that all Islamic nations have a hidden agenda,no exception. Iran is one of these nations.I will not believe President Rouhani's words until I wait and see.Iran is blocked by the west, and they want to come of that situation. What do you think they will do apart from Rouhani's words ? They must first allow United Nations to check their country and tell the world that Iran is clean.

    September 25, 2013 at 3:01 am | Reply
    • John B.

      Right, because no Western nation has ever had a hidden agenda. Maybe you were born yesterday, or maybe you've been in a coma all your life and just woke up. So let me clue you in on some reality. Every nation has an agenda. Some more hidden than others. The good ole US has THE MOST HIDDEN AGENDA of all. And the average shmoe like you will never have a hope of ever knowing any of it.

      September 25, 2013 at 3:45 am | Reply
    • M.A.P.

      I thought your bold HIDDEN AGENDA text was going to be a link to a conspiracy theory website which would tell me all about America's secret evil plans! Dissapointed! lol!

      September 25, 2013 at 5:56 am | Reply
  83. Yavin

    It would be sheer foolishness of the West to believe the new Iranian President. The Iranian spin doctors advised their Supreme leadership to adopt a softer image to gain the UN's acceptance. Beneath the sheep's skin lies the same wolf. Psalm 83 in the bible foretold the scheming of countries against Israel.

    September 25, 2013 at 3:13 am | Reply
    • Rationalist

      Quoting from the Bible. Say, is that the same book that says the earth is flat? The same book that says the sun revolves around the earth? The same book that says if you see a man gathering wood on a Sunday you should KILL HIM? Yeah, that's a great book to live your life by. Keep it up. People like you end up on the front page of news everyday for having done some of the ugliest, most cruel, sadistic, barbaric acts imaginable. Keep it up.

      September 25, 2013 at 3:21 am | Reply
    • M.A.P.

      Thanks for your optimism. It's backwards thinking religious nuts like you that hold the human race back from evolution. Shame on you.

      September 25, 2013 at 5:39 am | Reply
  84. Iftah

    Look out your window, baby, there’s a scene you’d like to catch
    The band is playing “Dixie,” a man got his hand outstretched
    Could be the Führer
    Could be the local priest
    You know sometimes Satan comes as a man of peace

    He got a sweet gift of gab, he got a harmonious tongue
    He knows every song of love that ever has been sung
    Good intentions can be evil
    Both hands can be full of grease
    You know that sometimes Satan comes as a man of peace

    Bob Dylan

    September 25, 2013 at 3:16 am | Reply
    • John B.

      You're talking about Dubya, aren't you? The guy that Americans wanted "to have a beer with" cuz he just seemed like a swell fella. And then he ran this country into the ground. Deep into the ground.

      September 25, 2013 at 3:24 am | Reply
    • ameer ali

      iftah, why u dont like to give opportunity to some men who have brains? i think because then america will find out that the problem in middle east are arab dictator authorities and arab fundamental culture. where in arab countries an election, democracy, human rights r seen? iranians are closer in political manner to the democracies, because their culture is more similar to the west union. only arabs are terrorists and they even dont recognise iranians as muslims

      September 25, 2013 at 4:19 am | Reply
  85. KISMET

    AMERICA NEEDS TO CUT OFF ALL NATIONS, TAKE CARE OF THE AMERICAN'S FIRST.. WHY SHOULD OUR TAX DOLLARS PAY FOR EVIL AND PARASITES ? WHY SHOULD WE PAY FOR MEXICO, WE ARE ALREADY BANKRUPTED ON PURPOSE BECAUSE THEY WANT TO KILL THE DOLLAR. AND CREATE ONE WORLD CURRENCY. UNDER THE NEW WORLD ORDER.. WHY MUST AMERICA'S NOSE BE IN EVERYTHING... LET THE ANIMALS BLOW THEM SELVES UP.. KEEP ALL AMERICAN TAXES HERE.. FIRE EVERYONE IN THR WHITE HOUSE AND CONGRESS N SENATE !! THESE IDIOTS PASS BILLS WITHOUT EVEN READING THEM ?? I THINK THEY SHOULD ALL BE TESTED FOR DRUGS !! LIKE OUR FOOTBALL TEAM DOES.. KEEP EVERYONE HONEST BECAUSE DRUGS DESTROY !!

    September 25, 2013 at 3:21 am | Reply
  86. Lorry

    He seems logical and more wittier than Obama and Netanyahu. Good for Iran!

    September 25, 2013 at 3:22 am | Reply
    • Australian

      If a man gives a child a lollipop you'd say "good on him" until you realize he's actually a pedophile

      September 25, 2013 at 3:51 am | Reply
  87. tehrooni

    kiram to dahane har chi eslami o arab paraste. ta dasteh.

    September 25, 2013 at 3:39 am | Reply
  88. A. Christian

    First, Putin played Obama, and won. Now, it must be Rouhani's turn. Were it not the for the fact of the seriousness of the issues, it might be something out of Gilbert & Sullivan. I don't suppose anyone remembers Munich, or Neville Chamberlain? Peace In Our Time.....Oh Yeah!

    September 25, 2013 at 3:44 am | Reply
    • M.A.P.

      Your ignorence is showing. Stop believing everything the fact bending Republicans tell you.

      September 25, 2013 at 5:37 am | Reply
  89. sam e savar

    i read comments for an hour and i wanna tell u guys some facts. i am iranian, i live in iran so information is direct and up-to-date, i wanna mention some points:
    1. do u notice that the literature of hardlines is the same all over the world? bush, netanyahu, ahmadinejad, fox news and keyhan newspaper in iran, all employ the same words. their benefits lies where the negotiation tables dont exist. and big mouths and loud sounds r seen and heard better, unfortunately
    2. iranian people really love to b part of global society, they've been so since they existed. and notice: we hate war because we experienced it whole 8 yrs. we were invaded by saddam hussein army which costed iran decades of delay in developing period and costed iraq as much and even more. have u ever seen or heard an iranian comitting suicidal missions? iranians like relationship, business, education. fundamentalism finds ears in arab countries, who accidentally(!) r west allies. and believe me: human rights and civil society and public education in iran and turkey stand at much higher level than all middle east countries
    3.sanctions targets r people, unfortunately. they dont pause governmental programs, state finds a way to progress in its path, so just iranian people, specially poor ones r influenced here: like leonard cohen says"the poor stay poor, the rich get rich"
    4. i dont like religious politics and i prefer my country to b in the hands of secular governers, but believe me, the election in iran was real, of course everyone can not b a candidate here, but where they can? mechanisms are different, but they exist everywhere in world to make sure that candidates r capable enough and have base people support. i think iran's mechanisms are inadequate, but after that, votes were really read and prez. rouhani had major margin, he was even 2nd choice of many who voted other candidates
    5. let's give way rouhani to pursue diplomacy. strategically, iran and us priorities and benefits, apart from israel, atand in one direction. but both rouhani and obama have difficulties in their own country. they must go step by step. some will b unhappy and begin to make pressures. but i wish rationality and moderation to overcome barriers in the way.
    6. at last, if some think we are ur enemies, make us friends, we r ready and we tell we r, are u ready too? what's the way to promote ur enemy to make better weapons? threatening them! dont threat iran and don't offend iranian pride, this makes many people really ur enemy, as well as when embassy hostage or 9.11 occured, u hated iranians and terrorists, respectively. why expect us to think differently?
    diplomacy is the only correct choice

    September 25, 2013 at 4:02 am | Reply
    • ameer ali

      u r right but is this a comment or an article

      September 25, 2013 at 5:02 am | Reply
      • sam e savar

        ameer ali, one must have wrote a summary. u.s people should pay attention not only to fox news and neo-cons

        September 25, 2013 at 5:06 am |
    • M.A.P.

      Of course we are ready to make friends with the Iranians!!!! We've been ready for years, but Ahmadinejad clearly didn't want that. I always felt frustrated that the Iranian government would just attack, attack, attack and blame the west for everything at every given chance. Of course we want peace too, but threatning to wipe israel off the map is obviously not the right way to achieve peace.

      September 25, 2013 at 5:36 am | Reply
    • Upset Voter

      Most of us look with hope at President Rouhani. He is a breath of fresh air after your last president. I am hoping that this leads to more dialog and understanding between the 2 countries. Most of us Americans realize that the Iranian people are not our enemy but your government frequently has been for a very long time. My largest concern currently is your supreme leader who President Rouhani has to answer to. He has openly declared his hatred of us and routinely refers to us as "the great satin". Will he allow an open relationship between our 2 countries to flourish?

      September 25, 2013 at 5:45 am | Reply
      • sam e savar

        tnx for logical suggestions, i think iran state leader tells most of his words for internal political groups. every ideological authority (e.g soviet union, israel, islamic republic of iran, p.r.k and even neo-con's in usa) needs an enemy in order to make his existence seem necessary. but if his own benefits adjust relationship with u.s he stands away. fortunately rouhani is a proactive man and doesnt wait for others to make decisions for him. like your country, two big parties(wings in iran) exist and try to cope with one another. i think we both nations can help moderate governers by keeping in touch and trying to relate peacefully

        September 25, 2013 at 10:10 am |
  90. rosner927

    During the China civil war, Mao Zhe-Dong went to a meeting in Chongqing for peace talk with then president Chinag Kai-Shek. While Mao Zhe-Dong chanted "Long-live president Chiang" with others, the PLA did not hold its fire. Instead, they attacked the National Revolutionary Army more fiercely than ever. Guess what? The peace talk was staged by "wise" Americans of America. Democrats have a long history of failure in choosing sides in international diplomatic issues.

    September 25, 2013 at 4:02 am | Reply
  91. matin2000

    Actions are louder than Words.
    In case of IRAN and Syria it seems that West has more interest in Words for the price of People's lives.
    If Rouhani is a " Reformist " ( in Islamic terms ! ) , he better begin it in IRAN by giving Iranians their personal freedom and rights of privacy instead of harassing women and youths in streets for their cloths or hairstyle and stop " Fashion Policing ".
    Give a free internet to people and stop persecute Internet users. Stop Persecute Baha'i s and Christians and other religion believers. Free Political Prisoners and Stop the massacre of Iranian Opposition members in IRAQ.

    As in the past with Hitler and Saddam and Qaddafi and all the ruthless dictators, the policy of appeasement would bring a painful disappointment to Civilized world and destruction to peoples living in dictatorships.

    September 25, 2013 at 4:28 am | Reply
  92. JAJA

    Look in Wikipedia for – 'Munich Agreement'. Rings a bell ? History returns, Israel must act...

    September 25, 2013 at 4:31 am | Reply
  93. KEVIN

    Rouhani brings a dog and pony show dictated by Iran's extremist ayatollah's. What a let down

    September 25, 2013 at 4:33 am | Reply
  94. Amir

    Thanks to both presidents Hasan & Hosain :)
    They are talking about peace.

    September 25, 2013 at 4:34 am | Reply
  95. letmeeatcake

    rouhani saw how much fun putin has been having with obama recently...now he wants a go...

    September 25, 2013 at 4:46 am | Reply
  96. Edward

    "i bring peace and friendship"....... good for you, if only you were in charge

    September 25, 2013 at 4:50 am | Reply
    • ShibberMeTimbers

      Yeah, the very same thing we say about our government in the good old USA.

      September 25, 2013 at 5:31 am | Reply
      • Edward

        obama is not in charge?

        September 25, 2013 at 5:40 am |
  97. ameer ali

    hey why are you so affraid of peace between iran and america? stop war fantasies. iran is not an enemy for u.s.a but iran and u.s.a enemies want to promote and make such delusions and hallucinations. peace is better. iran is not a utopia. but not as bad as u think. arabs are terrorists, they are who dont have, dont knowand dont like democracy and think they dont need human rights and freedom

    September 25, 2013 at 5:00 am | Reply
  98. M.A.P.

    Well, we should try and remain optimistic, maybe Iran really is ready to re-connect with the international community. At least their new President seems to be a reasonable man who doesn't just want to provoke and offent the way Ahmadinejad seemed to love doing so much. I think it's a realy shame what has happened to Iran as they are a modern people, intelligent and normally – peaceful. Unfortunately their supreme leader seems to think his hatred of Israel and American comes before the wellbeing of his own citizens. Not to mention they still punich gay and lesbian people with the DEATH PENALTY!

    September 25, 2013 at 5:14 am | Reply
  99. Asghar

    peace is good, life is nice, reconciliation between Iran and America is equal to progress

    September 25, 2013 at 5:15 am | Reply
  100. scott

    This is one war that has to happen. Never should of been a Iraq war, but this is a war that must be done "if they don't back down".

    This is no game "they are radical".

    All i see is a bigger reason to attack. Its a clear sign of a "ploy" to try get nuclear weapons using this non Radical guy to try get the bombs. Its well known that most people in Iran want nuclear weapons, the religion radical ruler / leader is just using this guy, & the second they get nuclear weapons, is the second his party is gone "for good".

    The second they get them is the second the world is at risk of nuclear war, as Israel will see a 500% jump+++ in attacks after Iran gets nuclear bombs. Israel doesn't play around, and if attacked hard, they will do anything to defand them self's / survive.

    Even if Iran did wipe out Israel "land", Israel has subs packed with nuclear weapons out at sea all around Iran. As soon as that happens, them sub's will start returning nuclear bombs.

    This is a Hltler's book "my kampf". We have all herd them say they will wipe them out with nuclear weapons, in a rage. They are radical and that's a big no no." WAR WAR WAR, IF THEY DON'T BACK DOWN".

    Not that i believe the bible, but i think it even says the world will end in that areas.

    Ether way radical is all we need to see, to know we must act no matter what.

    September 25, 2013 at 5:18 am | Reply
    • ShibberMeTimbers

      Give me some of those drugs. Israel is the real terrorist state in the Middle East.

      September 25, 2013 at 5:20 am | Reply
      • scott

        Why to stop being attacked. I believe it was Muslims / Turkey or Egypt, that told them to settle there. what happened later??

        Some states and country's around them tried to murder / kill them all, but Israel took them on and just won.

        Israel does do wrong things, but this is about the "world", not Israel. We are talking about letting nuts that area radical, get nuclear bombs. After all there statements, its clear no people like them should ever get nuclear bombs "no matter what" at any cost. Then the fact they run mass terrorist groups, that are not all targeting Israel.

        They are like Nazi's, and letting them get nuclear bombs after all we no, is no different from Adolf Hitler writing a book, about his plans are, and what he is going to do, come to power in 2013. There radical and have told us all what there plans are, and what they will do with nuclear weapons.

        We will act 100% to stop them. NK is not even radical like them, and its a disaster.

        September 25, 2013 at 6:24 am |
  101. ShibberMeTimbers

    The real enemy of America is Israel. We all know that.

    September 25, 2013 at 5:19 am | Reply
    • ameer ali

      of course israel is real terrorist, and arab countries are who dont respect human rights and democracy

      September 25, 2013 at 5:38 am | Reply
  102. j0eschm0e

    the US govt needed more time to think about the situation before a meeting

    September 25, 2013 at 5:43 am | Reply
    • scott

      They don't have to think about it for 1 second "about letting them get them or not". Iran has already told there store to all of us, or there book "my kampf". We know all there is to know about these "radical" people, that the hi up people say there going to wipe Israel off the map, and will use nuclear weapons. Nothing to think about, only to plan a attack on them nuclear sites if talks fail.

      You have to be on drugs if you think for 1 second giving a country that supports and funds mass terrorist groups, & are radical, having nuclear weapons is OK. & the fact they told us what there going to do.

      September 25, 2013 at 6:35 am | Reply
  103. hotshot

    i dont trust this guy, to good to be true...

    September 25, 2013 at 6:18 am | Reply
    • scott

      O yeah its a ploy because they want to make it look like non radical people will run the gov. Its the radical ruler that runs the show. Nice try but were not that dumb Iran

      September 25, 2013 at 6:58 am | Reply
      • kimi

        i don't know if you understood that all he said was: i am not coming in america to attack you i never did before in anyway so why on earth you bother to come to iran and put that place on fire and kill my people and call us terrorists protecting our own land, our own people, our own culture!!!

        September 25, 2013 at 8:05 pm |
  104. ergin

    This is great news. Humanity needs to work together if we are to progress get off this rock. Take up the offer.

    September 25, 2013 at 6:22 am | Reply
    • Tom

      He's lying to the infidel, you have all taught us well.

      September 25, 2013 at 6:47 am | Reply
  105. arrow2014

    BUT, will Netanyahoo allow peace?

    September 25, 2013 at 6:38 am | Reply
  106. Mahdi

    Oh guys,

    Come on, it is when the things are going to be better between politicians,

    We are people and should be willing to this new change,

    Come on and help to facilitate the process of living in a peaceful world, without weapons in any country,

    As Mr President Roohani mentioned in the UN,

    Come on,

    September 25, 2013 at 6:53 am | Reply
  107. Mahdi

    If we desire, no one could prevent it, no crazy politician around the world.

    PLEASE COME ON GUYS, and please do anything you could do for our purpose, be careful about the workds, think optimistically, neglect the bad guys giving anxious comments, I am waiting for you here.

    September 25, 2013 at 6:56 am | Reply
  108. Fernando Medina

    All I want to say is this is a new turn in our lives if the message received by your leader is in truth. I just want to say that I LOVE YOU ALL including every country on this planet. That is what we all need to do is Love each other as our LORD GOD SAID THIS I THE WAY IT SHOULD BE. I HAVE NO HATRED FOR ANYONE. Lets not be a country that hates other but learns the greatest feeling in all man Kind. May God bless all of you around the world.

    September 25, 2013 at 7:23 am | Reply
  109. Kevin

    From one American to Mr. Rouhani and the rest of the good people in Iran. I welcome peace and friendship with your country. It is actually something that I have dreamed of and I am hopeful that this is the beginning of normal relations and eventually friendship between our two countries.

    Once upon a time a long time ago Britain was the mortal enemy of America. And now our nations are the best of friends. It just goes to show that anything is possible with constructive dialog and time.

    September 25, 2013 at 7:31 am | Reply
  110. taqiyeh

    iran is merely buying time to finish their nuclear weapons program and Obama has to know this....why he is ignoring it is anyone's guess....

    September 25, 2013 at 7:40 am | Reply
    • davood

      in jakesh az esmesh maloome ye arabe zedde irani o zedde shiast

      September 25, 2013 at 11:53 am | Reply
  111. Ottawa

    Let me add he is better than the clown Ahmadinejad, however they are from the same sick regime, yet killing any opposition, just hanged some Kurds couple of days ago, so really you call that a democracy? or Freedome? TURKS, PERSIANS and ARABS are all racist, and hate any other race or culture.

    September 25, 2013 at 7:48 am | Reply
  112. Isabel

    It is difficult to trust any Moslem at this point in time, since every heinous act on earth are the types of actions they prefer to take credit for, whether they did or not. The brutality of the very nature of the religion to control human nature through terror convinces me that they are liars that manipulate for world domination, not for the sake of bettering the world, but for their own egos. The standard of living in their own countries is disgraceful, with only small pockets of citizens enjoying a better life, while the mast majority suffers - so much for compassion. For me, the lie continues, especially when I read the last quote "I have said before that I am not a historian, and that when it comes to speaking of the dimensions of the Holocaust it is the historians that should reflect on it," - if this is not smooth-over white wash for genocide, I don't know what is. This man saying he is not a historian is like me looking through my own window and saying I don't know if there is any furniture there, but I'm sure my friends do and can tell you more about it than I can. For a newly formed religious belief (638 A.D.) that created itself from both the old and new bilble testaments, with a big dose of Muhhammed Allah twist in jihad, I stand vigilant watch of Islam, but not so much that I live in the terror they love spreading, because I know who is greater than evil. And we all know terror is evil and does not come from the one who is greater than evil.

    September 25, 2013 at 7:49 am | Reply
    • Philip Edwards

      Have you ever seriously reflected on the 'standard of living' of Native Americans and how this occurred and how it is maintained?

      September 25, 2013 at 7:56 am | Reply
    • dirksterdude

      Is there a particular religion you subscribe to? If so you're a hypocrite. If not you're still a hypocrite. There is extremism in every society and culture on Earth. Trying to blame an entire people has never worked or solved anything.

      September 25, 2013 at 8:26 am | Reply
    • David

      Isabel, apparently you know everything and 2 000 000 000 Muslims in the world are only some stupid people! Thank you very much!

      September 25, 2013 at 4:33 pm | Reply
  113. BIff

    That's only until the next Republican president is elected.

    September 25, 2013 at 7:51 am | Reply
  114. Philip Edwards

    I wonder if the good will could be extended to the suffering people of the Syrian crisis. I think they are in greater need of peace than the Americans at the moment.

    September 25, 2013 at 7:53 am | Reply
  115. Ottawa

    Isable, you are full of yourself as well, you cant put everyone in the same pot, maybe a bit more education about others in the WORLD, I mean WORLD and not "USA" would help you to understand what islam is all about.
    in order to be a Muslim you need to be a perfect Christian.

    September 25, 2013 at 7:57 am | Reply
  116. The fact of the matter

    "I bring friendship" Beware of Greeks; no, Iranians bearing gifts.

    September 25, 2013 at 8:01 am | Reply
  117. Tutuvabene

    Why didn't he speak directly in english? He's supposed to be fluent in english, as he completed a PhD in the UK.

    September 25, 2013 at 8:13 am | Reply
    • mehrdadirani24

      He was acting, like always. Don't believe a word out of his mouth.

      September 25, 2013 at 8:22 am | Reply
    • David

      In Iran it is believed that speaking in Persian is more appropriate in official location as I know. Furthermore, staying in a country for several years, doesn't make you fluent in speaking their language. It helps to understand them better though. Finally if it helps, some movie from his university has been released by his university. Google it!

      September 25, 2013 at 4:40 pm | Reply
  118. dirksterdude

    His words mean nothing. The only person in Iran that has any relevance when speaking is the Supreme Dictator. If that individual wanted America's friendship he has had years to try and obtain it regardless of what that last bigmouth was saying.

    September 25, 2013 at 8:21 am | Reply
  119. mehrdadirani24

    Rouhani is NOT the representative of the people of Iran. He cunningly pretend to be the representative of the people of Iran by associating his comments to the people of Iran, but he is ONLY the representative of the Islamic Regime occupying Iran and taking the people of Iran HOSTAGE. He is not showing his and his supreme leader's true face. Be aware of not getting fooled.

    September 25, 2013 at 8:21 am | Reply
  120. John Taylor

    Everyone knows insanity is the act of doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. We have tried threats of war and sanctions against Iran for years and it has changed nothing. Now we have an opportunity to sit down and have a diplomatic discussion with their new President and we would instead choose to continue doing the same thing? That is insane.

    Let's give this a chance and see where it goes. I am sure Iranians would rather have peace and I know I would – so tired of the wars and death.

    September 25, 2013 at 8:26 am | Reply
    • Behrouz

      Unfortunately the us government is not honest in this matter, while imposing sanction,they grants bursary scholarship to the Iranian rejim's nuclear negotiators.

      September 25, 2013 at 8:45 am | Reply
    • rosner927

      Rouhani is more like a premier than a president.

      September 25, 2013 at 8:46 am | Reply
  121. dl

    Our economy, self worth, patriotism, macho spririt is built on militarism. We GOTTA have our wars! Plus we're exceptional (kinda like Hitlers racial purity thinking) – we have a 'duty' to rule & kill sub-humans around the world

    September 25, 2013 at 8:27 am | Reply
  122. Behrouz

    I wish if you could ask him about the Iranian political prisoners, mandatory Hijab, and all hardship toward Iranian people.

    September 25, 2013 at 8:40 am | Reply
  123. hamid

    i love rouhani and iranian people

    September 25, 2013 at 8:44 am | Reply
  124. Kevin

    Wolf in a sheep's skin.

    September 25, 2013 at 8:50 am | Reply
  125. Barack

    Like anyone would ever trust Iran, the snake of the middle east...

    God bless Israel!

    September 25, 2013 at 8:55 am | Reply
  126. rosner927

    It's really amazing to see some Americans(?) still have fantasies about Iran and their nuclear program. For Iran, or any small country, a nuclear weapon is the only way to protect itself from being manipulated or interfered by other countries. I believe Iran will get its own nuclear bomb eventually, the question is when. All you Americans can do is to postpone it as long as possible, not to accelerate it.

    September 25, 2013 at 8:58 am | Reply
    • mc

      Iran has not proved itself to be stable or mature enough to have a bomb. The United States has been in countless wars since WW2 and has not used, or threatened to use, a bomb. Neither has any of the countries that are currently nuclear powers. I am afraid that with leaders like Ahmadinejad and some of the more fanatical religious leaders, Iran has not proved itself to stable and mature politically. I do think the people of Iran are ready for peace, but I don't trust the leaders.

      September 25, 2013 at 9:22 am | Reply
  127. Jack Rivera

    All I am saying, is give peace a chance.

    September 25, 2013 at 9:15 am | Reply
    • Rosnder 927

      Peace does not come from talking, handshaking, and smiling. You have to earn it. Nuclear bomb is the ultimate solution to maintain peace with super powers like Russia or United States.

      September 25, 2013 at 10:01 am | Reply
  128. This Iranian President sounds sincere

    If you know how to read body language this Iranian President sound sincere.

    September 25, 2013 at 9:24 am | Reply
  129. mc

    The only thing stopping Iran and America from being friends are our "leaders" and religious distrust. Looks like our leaders may finally be ready to shake hands, now we need the dumber, angrier, religious populations of both countries to shake hands. Unlikely. We both have our rednecks.

    September 25, 2013 at 9:26 am | Reply
  130. USA peace

    Great gesture, it's a start! Too much hate the world. We all should be able to travel around the world and enjoy each others cultures and countries without fear. One step at a time. People need to relax and stop being so dang paranoid, Life's too short....................

    September 25, 2013 at 9:28 am | Reply
    • Alex

      Thats right ! life is short
      i bet iranian people does not care about nuclear weapons , i dont know if the Iran's government want to have nuclear weapons or not , but they are always talking about removing Israel from the face of earth so even me think of it (they maybe want to use nuclear weapons) , but its just leaders , the people does not want a war or anything like that , and well they never wanted to be in any kind of war but the leaders forced them into it in the name of religion and islam.
      Peace

      September 25, 2013 at 9:53 am | Reply
  131. Veritas

    As a former President with a successful, world-shaping foreign policy once stated: "Trust...yet verify!" – Ronald Reagan

    September 25, 2013 at 9:39 am | Reply
  132. Adam

    I've never met an Iranian I didn't like. I am optimistic for both of our countries that this gesture will eventually lead to peace between our countries.

    September 25, 2013 at 9:40 am | Reply
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    September 25, 2013 at 9:45 am | Reply
  134. David M

    How is it that a devout Muslim brings trust and friendship to the infidels??

    September 25, 2013 at 9:46 am | Reply
  135. meifumado

    This man can not be trusted. He is a religious fanatic no matter what he says.

    September 25, 2013 at 9:47 am | Reply
  136. lean6

    If there's a coup or assassination attempt (*cough*MOSSAD*cough) in Iran soon, we'll know he is being sincere.

    September 25, 2013 at 9:56 am | Reply
  137. CJ from Canada in S.Korea

    Actually I am really pleased to see Iran coming out of their shell like this!!
    I am fortunate enough to have gone to school with and be neighbours with Iranians in Canada. I really like them.
    Also over here in Korea, I had an opportunity to meet with some Iranian Government workers traveling around Seoul.
    They were really kind and outgoing people and invited me to Tehran and the Subtropical rainforest in the North of the country.

    I really enjoyed watching Hassan's Interview!! He really strikes me as a well educated and articulate person!

    Peace to Iran
    from South Korea and Canada.

    @ Barak, The snake you mentioned is none other than Saudi Arabia the king of sponsoring of the Wahhabi movement globally (Al-Qaeda and Nusra Front, and Al-Shabab). Yet amazingly the US Supports this Absolutist Monarchy that actively funnels it's money into these destructive causes.
    Israel will always look for ways to point the finger while it batters and beats it's own citizens into submission. They are an illegitimate state in what was called Palestine before May of 1948, plain and simple.

    September 25, 2013 at 9:58 am | Reply
    • ameer ali

      u r right, albeit, israel and palestine issue is none of our business, unless they try to interfere iran's development. but k.s.a and other arabs are main totalitarianists in middle east and perhaps all over the world.

      September 25, 2013 at 10:29 am | Reply
  138. MM

    "Iran pres. to U.S.: I bring friendship" ....... Isn't there a movie with a similar line... oh ya.. "Mars Attacks: we come in peace"

    September 25, 2013 at 9:58 am | Reply
  139. ergin

    Do the worlds leaders think about and genuinely desire humanity to progress to a point that it extends far beyond earth? I think they do.. and they know that in order to begin the process of progressing humanity.. we have to work together, in a genuine, friendly way. A huge task, but not beyond mankind. JFK is spot on

    September 25, 2013 at 10:07 am | Reply
  140. L

    Wow, you guys really drink this Kool-Aid up don't you? Bah, bahhh bahhhh little sheep

    September 25, 2013 at 10:08 am | Reply
  141. youarenotspecial

    When the Supreme Leader or Mohammad Ali Jafari issues a statement with the same tone, I'll take it a little more seriously. Until then, this is a dog and pony show.

    September 25, 2013 at 10:09 am | Reply
    • DB

      Dude, he sent his President over here to send that message.

      September 25, 2013 at 10:17 am | Reply
    • sam e savar

      jafari is an army chief, he is not supreme leader, you r positive but try to enhance ur information level. khamenei is supreme state leader. jafari is inferior to rouhani

      September 25, 2013 at 10:24 am | Reply
  142. BLOWIN TIME

    Well, i was going to agree with the "we need better relations" theme. But then I read the comments from the Iranians. So now..........., screw Iran, they should NEVER be trusted!!!!! They have lied an will never be a true ally. All we need is the oil so I say we make it a 7-11 and be done with the stupidity of those "things" (ppl).

    September 25, 2013 at 10:11 am | Reply
    • sam e savar

      hey fella u r a negative person. did u read american comments? do we have right to name u.s the great satan because of some stupidity and/or simplicity in thought? of course not! and u dont either. complexities are aggregate for 35 yrs and we should try to solve problems. pay attention to one point: all u want or need is not oil, u need security, future, u in u.s.a are parts of public community, global society, we r bound together and cant stay apart. try to enhance ur information and change ur mind

      September 25, 2013 at 10:18 am | Reply
  143. PeterD

    Americans are Fool who Loves Obamas Tool.

    September 25, 2013 at 10:13 am | Reply
  144. No Excuses

    Me to Iran Pres: eat $#!T...and give some to Obama while you're at it.

    September 25, 2013 at 10:14 am | Reply
  145. Mark V.

    How many times has Iran "cried wolf" and How many times will the US fall for it ? These people will smile all the way to the bomb !

    September 25, 2013 at 10:15 am | Reply
  146. DB

    I still don't trust them but we should establish official relations. Even at the height of the Cold War we still maintained relations with our enemies. There's nothing to be gained by refusing to let our diplomats be in the same room. We must never abandon our Israeli allies but I see no harm in establishing relations with Iran.

    September 25, 2013 at 10:16 am | Reply
    • sam e savar

      i do not agree with u abt israel and trust things, though i respect ur opinion, but i think u r right abt relations

      September 25, 2013 at 10:20 am | Reply
  147. Manu

    Great Gesture by Iranian President. Lot of dignity and Composure. Good to see a good diplomatic approach towards the world politics. VERY NICE

    September 25, 2013 at 10:28 am | Reply
  148. Ed Chase

    He brings friendship as he arms Syria, he brings friendship as he ship IED's to Afghanistan, he brings friendship as he doesn't believe in the Holocaust. Kiss my American A$$.

    September 25, 2013 at 10:32 am | Reply
  149. Ed Chase

    He brings friendship as he arms Syria, he brings friendship as he ships IED's to Afghanistan, he brings friendship as he doesn't believe in the Holocaust. Kiss my American A$$.

    September 25, 2013 at 10:33 am | Reply
    • David

      Your american what???

      September 25, 2013 at 4:41 pm | Reply
  150. iranian

    jafar kir too dahanet.
    khiyanat kar oonha nistan ke too iran o vatan parastan. khiyanat kar to hasti ba mardom mesle toh ke az koone kharejiha mikharan.
    ma shayad az jomhoori eslami khoshemoon nayad vali akharesh mardom va vatane khodemoone.

    ravabet ha ke behtar khahad shod enshallah va keshvare ma be ghodratesh bar migarde

    September 25, 2013 at 10:34 am | Reply
  151. martiniano

    Let's listen to this new Iranian leader. Iran is a great nation – if you don't know that then you need educatin' because you only know what corporate media has taught you. Go out and make an Iranian friend. Learn about the people and culture. Watch the terrible video of Neda dying at the hands of her own government. The Iranian people are good people and they want peace and prosperity JUST LIKE AMERICANS. Although as an American I can say there are still many of us who love war as long as it is not on our soil because it makes them feel good about themselves, like they are tough hombres. But you are not. Only cowards choose war over peace.

    September 25, 2013 at 10:38 am | Reply
  152. Heywood_Jablowme

    This guy is a proven liar. We can't trust a single word that comes out of his mouth. It's a safe bet that Iran will continue to develop nuclear arms.

    September 25, 2013 at 10:38 am | Reply
    • David

      I convinced!

      September 25, 2013 at 4:42 pm | Reply
  153. The Truth Hurts

    Kind words, but I hope everyone who is getting excited about this realize that it's the mullahs who are in control and it doesn't matter what this guy says.

    September 25, 2013 at 10:39 am | Reply
  154. Ed Chase

    We'll be friends when you stop sending arms to Afganistan that kill our American men and women. Really Martiniano?? it makes us feel good? that is a stupid remark. And its obvious you are not American by saying "you" are not. You are not American so dont comment on what American's think.

    September 25, 2013 at 10:53 am | Reply
    • sam e savar

      ed, do u know what r u saying?
      1-pakistan encourages terrorists in afghanistan, not iran. afghan terrorists hate iran because of religious differences. taliban is both iran's and america's enemy, iran has no interests in changing afghanistan political scene
      2-u sent soldiers half the world to afghanistan, neighboring iran, to kill bin ladin, and of course ACCIDENTALLY< INEVITABLE AND UNAVOIDABLE,killed thousands of poor afghans. it simply raised terrorism in afghan people, who have been victims of u.a.e and k.s.a "wahhabi" missioneries till u invaded their country.
      3- of course u, as other redneck dumbs have a simple answer: we r good and u r bad, so we have right whaever we do and whoever we kill. really ed chase, tell me, is ed chase a nicname for g.w.bush?

      September 25, 2013 at 11:13 am | Reply
    • tactstl

      Simple minded fool.

      September 25, 2013 at 6:05 pm | Reply
  155. Mike Denney

    IT'S A COOK-BOOOOOOOK!

    September 25, 2013 at 10:56 am | Reply
  156. ehsan

    u who blame muslims to b terrorists ALL of them: am i guilty coz i'm born in iran and my parents r muslims? i believe just in spirituality, not even in islam, but what would u say if a muslim tells all christians are liars because their bibles say jesus is born of a virgin but 2 out of 4 bibles which relate him to adam both do that via his father(joseph the carpenter, yusuf) and among his fathers in these 2 bibles all the names differ, apart from joseph? is this logical? no? so why you with ur narroe knowledge let urself say things similar abt all muslims?

    September 25, 2013 at 10:57 am | Reply
  157. Mike Denney

    Some white journalist should go over there and jokingly throw a pair of old Air Jordans at him...see if he can duck as well as GW.

    September 25, 2013 at 10:57 am | Reply
  158. sam e savar

    ehsan, everythings about media: blaming jews and afroamericans is a sin that has no excuse and must b punished, but blaming a muslim is not, lobbies made those 2 groups as saints and made muslims look like evil. many unintellectual people dont believe in personal and cultural differences and dont respect that

    September 25, 2013 at 11:03 am | Reply
  159. Ed Chase

    ehasan, I have an Idian family, a black family and a Jewish family as neighbors and we all get along. I don't care what they believe in and they don't care what I believe in. Our kids play together, we share tools, we cook and share food on holidays. If my family went to a Muslim country, we would be killed because we don't believe in the Koran. That is terror and its that reason that its has become a war. Islam vs everyone else..

    September 25, 2013 at 11:04 am | Reply
    • sam e savar

      ed u r wrong. try and travel to turkey, iran, malaysia, indonesia, etc. i have a christian and a zaratoshtrian neighbor in iran and we live togheter, jews and christian and who believe in zaratostra have their own parliament members and jews'one is now in n.y. togheter with prez. rouhani. open ur eyes. i invite u to b my guest in holidays and see iranian lives by ur own eyes

      September 25, 2013 at 12:02 pm | Reply
  160. Sauli

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    September 25, 2013 at 11:12 am | Reply
  161. Dan

    Amanpour would have interviewed Adolf Hitler, had she been alive. The Iranian newswoman is biased and anti-Israel. Of course she interviews HER President, the liar and racist.

    September 25, 2013 at 11:20 am | Reply
    • davood

      "the liar and racist?" do you introduce urself?

      September 25, 2013 at 11:57 am | Reply
    • Robert Hussein

      Enough is enough, it is time to move on, this kind of talk probably even the Republicans do not buy it.

      September 25, 2013 at 1:17 pm | Reply
  162. HistoryForgottenWillrepeat

    and the snake said Trust me in the garden of Eden too and that worked out so well for Adam and Eve did it not?

    September 25, 2013 at 11:22 am | Reply
  163. payman

    I'm really embarrassed,this the president who have Doctoral Degree from scotland!!look how speak english!

    September 25, 2013 at 11:28 am | Reply
    • Thanu Nathan

      In Scotland they do not speak English, they speak Scottish. In-fact the President's English was GOOD.

      September 25, 2013 at 11:37 am | Reply
    • KURD

      Peyman

      what about you? "look how speak english"? maybe you should work on your english too :)

      September 25, 2013 at 1:26 pm | Reply
  164. HistoryForgottenWillrepeat

    Mike Denney – lmaorotff GOOD ONE!

    September 25, 2013 at 11:29 am | Reply
  165. Thanu Nathan

    Top Class Politician and it is good time for Iranians.

    September 25, 2013 at 11:35 am | Reply
  166. georgeobando5

    I can't understand why political and religious leaders can't confront the monstrous crimes the Spaniards committed against the Indians of America, Caribbean Islands and Africa. The leaders go as far as the holocaust. The Spaniards killed 100+million Indians and Africans after invading, raping, torturing and dismembering them. The leaders of Germany apologize every year for the Genocide against the Jews. But the leaders of Spain have never apologize for their horrible crimes against the Indians and Blacks. Should not those crimes be condemn?, specially When their survivors today still suffer poverty and ignorance hence they became slaves for nearly two centuries?. And should not the Spaniards apologize every year instead of celebrating as if they had done a great deed to humanity? When there is a willingness to achieve peace, as the leader of Iran is doing, there is nothing to lose. We know how to be on guard and if Rouhani is not honest we will know on time.

    September 25, 2013 at 11:42 am | Reply
    • davood

      great

      September 25, 2013 at 11:55 am | Reply
  167. ameer ali

    mili joon ay mili joon, naneye khodet jendast ke tokhme haroomi mesle to pas endakhte, mitarsi basate left o lisetoon tatil she? akhe resistance against what koskhol? man iranam, and one can not b monafegh o saltanat talab o toode i at the same time! ama mitoone modirekol zade i beshe ke noonersh too abe gel aloode o ye pash iran ye pash kharej, long live bashar asadam mige. hala ishala rouhani 1kam transparent mikone faza ro, ama man be kesi nemigam babat manam , to ham be roo khodet nayar, binamoosi ke vase shomaha asoone. rasti goftam aghaliati oonjat sookht? sharmande dadash to tanhayi 99darsade mardome irani

    September 25, 2013 at 12:25 pm | Reply
  168. ameer ali

    hamvatana bebakhshid in jakesh be madaram fohsh dad goftam adabesh konam, age na dashtam in american haye ahmagho ke hamash foxnews o voa goosg midan "hedayat" mikardam ke agha bashar asadesh zad bala

    September 25, 2013 at 12:27 pm | Reply
  169. Alex Ho

    I respect him....I hope USA and Iran will be friends again

    September 25, 2013 at 12:37 pm | Reply
  170. sam e savar

    i hope so, and i invite all of us to respect each other

    September 25, 2013 at 1:02 pm | Reply
  171. Ali Kimiai

    With a PHD from a Scottish School, this guy should be able to speak Shakespearean English but he proved that his command in English is less than a elementary school kid.

    September 25, 2013 at 1:04 pm | Reply
  172. Robert Hussein

    The man spoke your language, can you speak his language?

    September 25, 2013 at 1:08 pm | Reply
    • Saeid

      When we are close to a turning point, specially in policies, many who can not realize the situations as is, usually present not worthy comments. The fact is that many have hope for a better life in mutual relations. Starting is starting, so those who have good wills always welcome new ideas and try to provide a better understanding and respect between civilizations and cultures. So we should try to hint toward peace, respect and friendship. Best Regards Saeid

      September 25, 2013 at 1:40 pm | Reply
  173. 435435345

    کسخلا سر کارید

    September 25, 2013 at 1:26 pm | Reply
  174. highnoon7

    Politics and religion don't mix. Organized religion is a waste of time, anybody who argue based on religious tenets is delusional. People can do whatever they want in their private sphere, just spare us from the psychotic ramblings when you try and impose your worldview on us.

    September 25, 2013 at 2:38 pm | Reply
  175. jafar

    امیدوارم با برقراری ارتباط بین ایران و آمریکا , تراکتورسازی تو جام جهانی اول بشه

    September 25, 2013 at 3:19 pm | Reply
  176. mohammad

    iran. us together. we love us

    September 25, 2013 at 4:44 pm | Reply
  177. ME

    Here is a thread of typical comments on a political issue that is more important then some of us choose to believe. There's the negative, there's the positive, and then there's the stupidity that never seizes to amaze me. For those who looked at this in a positive light, i commend you because I know the hope this has given many people. Even if this hope is just planted or a "Test" it is still a step somewhere and sometimes thats all we need to relieve our hearts. Seriously, for those of you whether Iranian, American, or both, who have looked and ridiculed this as being something negative, good luck in life because your negativity is weakness and a way of setting yourself up for disappointment. Life is about decisions and what you decide gets you where you are. Keep an open mind and an open heart, and even if there is disappointment in the end, just know that you have done yourself and the world good just by being positive. For the rest who literally rambled something in hopes of getting people's blood boiling, i am sorry you are uneducated. No one can help you but you can help yourself by doing research, opening up the mind, and doing some soul searching.

    September 25, 2013 at 4:45 pm | Reply
  178. tactstl

    Why is there so much support for Israel, talk about sheep in wolves clothing. He makes a very good point, why do German atrocities committed equate to Palestinian people being displaced by the millions? Mr. Abraham (LOL), goes on to slam a clear olive branch by Iran, the exact tactics used by Israel. They put countries in a position to lose the "media influence", that is of course controlled by Jews, Newscorp and Murdochs open declaration of Zionism intent is one major example, etc.

    They know very well Iran is not going to nuke Israel. That would be the sure fire way for Irans government to be ENDED in an instant, they know that, everyone knows that. So Israel keeps engaging in the politics of fear, on AMERICANS, and guess what IT WORKS. Every Jewish written opinion piece needs to have the star of david at the bottom or top, or both of any article posted as "news" and "factual" not twisted, manipulative, and with an agenda that purposely omits relavent facts.

    LIKE THE LARGEST POPULATION OF JEWS ON THE EARTH ARE 1) US 2) ISRAEL 3) IRAN.

    September 25, 2013 at 6:04 pm | Reply
  179. dan

    I would love peace between UAS and Iran

    September 25, 2013 at 6:07 pm | Reply
  180. Joe

    Rouhani’s is a smooth talker , but Iranian talk is cheaper then dirt and usually smells of dung.

    September 25, 2013 at 6:36 pm | Reply
  181. Michael

    What a great era we live in. We saw the wall fall between East Berlin and West Berlin and this could be the start of something as meaningful. What I find interesting is that it is not the common people of a country that has ill feelings for those of another country. It is the leaders that wish to hate, make war as well as sacrifice people and resources. Power or money, money or power,,,, it means nothing if we are dead. I hope we can all live together.

    September 25, 2013 at 7:11 pm | Reply
  182. Alex

    I wonder how long until Al Qaeda condemns Iran's extension of the hand of friendship to the U.S....

    September 25, 2013 at 7:39 pm | Reply
  183. changeirannow

    Rouhani played to his third-world Islamic revolutionary roots while trying, only occasionally, to borrow the language of Mohammad Khatami, without any of the former president’s intellectual and emotional sincerity. An easy victory awaited Rouhani in New York: just a little confession about past nuclear deception, just a bit of give on Iran’s “industrial-scale” enrichment. But no give at all.

    September 25, 2013 at 9:30 pm | Reply
  184. anousheh

    I'm iran ian girl I live iran I respect origami. very good message of peace.

    September 25, 2013 at 11:33 pm | Reply
  185. Jilbert

    In my opinion, the United States has not been very successful in its recent two ventures in Afghanistan and Iraq. We have killed more people in those countries than whom we rescued them from. Also, our economy is not doing so well and thou we still like to say that the use of Military force is an option, it really is only a last option ( Syria is a clear example).
    Also, it took Iran quite a while to get rid of its own George Bush, by this I mean Ahmadinejad. Now, we have two Presidents that speak the same language. The only question now for both leaders is how to get the approval of the right wing conservatives in their own nations? both in the US and Iran. How can president Obama convince 34 years of ill actions by Iran against the US? How will he make friends with the only Nation ever to attack its embassy and taking its staff as hostages for 444 days? How can they forget about operation Eagle Claws and the embarrassment it left behind? and many more... also on the Iranian side, how will Rohani convince the right to forget about the Coup de tar against a democratic government of Dr Mosadegh and the re-installation of the Shah? What will he tell them about the US Navy shooting down a passenger plane and killing all aboard on the Persian Gulf? What will he tell them about the US support for Iraq and actively killing Iranian soldiers in the last days of the Iran-Iraq war?
    Now to add to all the problems is the Israel Government who will have APAC making sure that the Jewish state is looked after before the interest of the US in many ways. Even the Arab neighbors of Iran are scared of such friendship since they well know that with such a friendship their biggest customer will have a new supplier. Iran is a very powerful nation and its main wealth is its youth and level of education available to them. A nation with 60% aged 34 or less. No country in the region, even with equal amount of natural resources can match that. Lest not forget that Iran is second reserve holder of natural crude oil among OPEC nations and recently been calculated to have the most natural gas even more than Russia. Add to that Copper(worlds second), Iron Ore, and yes, Uranium.
    Now just imagine that US companies may enter into a country that has not been developed well enough due to lack of modern technology or sanctions or simply paying ten fold for such needs in the black market for the past 34 years.
    I as an American-Iranian would like to see this friendship mature into something more meaningful. May the will exist to bring ever lasting peace to both nations.

    September 26, 2013 at 4:22 am | Reply
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    September 26, 2013 at 12:05 pm | Reply
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    September 26, 2013 at 6:48 pm | Reply
  188. Iranian guy

    You have to sufficiently loyal to the Islamic system and to the "supreme" leader to even be allowed to stand as president of Iran, hence why only a handful of candidates pass the Islamic Guardians vetting process. Thousands of even islamic candidates don't pass. So, in this sham democratic process, this guy Rouhani passed the test.
    Yes, ofcourse it is true that he is not as extreme as somebody like previous president Ahmadinejad. However he and Ahmadinejad have the exact same goals – to promote and flourish the Islamic regime – but their methods are different!
    We in Iran don't fall for the lies and false words of any of the regimes candidates and men. They are basically all from the same cloth. Regards.

    September 27, 2013 at 4:45 am | Reply
  189. Blue sonic

    Oh man... he is better than mahmud ahmadinejad.
    I think iranians are good People.

    September 27, 2013 at 12:23 pm | Reply
  190. Marshall

    Hopefully this is the start of co-operation between Iran and America. President Rouhani has taken a leap of faith and President Obama I am sure will take that leap too.

    "UBUNTU"

    September 28, 2013 at 3:42 pm | Reply
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  192. Jack Douglas

    I I hope that all of us can have a lasting peace and friendship for a very long time. It's about time we start learning about and trusting each other and help each other to make a better world for each other. Jack from America

    November 25, 2013 at 12:23 pm | Reply

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