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Iran president acknowledges Holocaust, talks Syria and Twitter

September 25th, 2013
03:02 PM ET

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Part 1: Amanpour and Iran's Pres Rouhani

Part one of CNN's Christiane Amanpour's interview with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in New York.

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Part 2: Amanpour and Iran's Pres Rouhani

Part two of CNN's Christiane Amanpour's interview with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in New York.



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By Josh Levs and Mick Krever, CNN

Iran's new president has acknowledged that Nazis killed Jews, furthering the stark contrast between himself and his predecessor, who called the Holocaust a "myth."

In a wide-ranging interview with CNN, he also discussed Israel and Syria.

"Any crime that happens in history against humanity, including the crime the Nazis committed towards the Jews as well as non-Jews, was reprehensible and condemnable," President Hassan Rouhani said in an interview with CNN's Christiane Amanpour.

"Whatever criminality they committed against the Jews, we condemn, because genocide, the taking of the human life, is condemnable and it makes no difference whether that life is a Jewish life, a Christian or a Muslim or what. For us it's the same."

He also referred to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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ENTIRE INTERVIEW: Amanpour/Rouhani

September 25th, 2013
02:26 PM ET

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the full interview and accompanying transcript of CNN's Christiane Amanpour's conversation with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani

CHRISTIANE AMANPOUR, HOST: Mr. President, welcome. Welcome to the program. Thank you for joining us.

PRES. HASSAN ROUHANI, IRAN (through translator): I thank your program and you for preparing this interview.

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Amanpour: Why Rouhani may be different

Amanpour: Why Rouhani may be different
September 25th, 2013
10:51 AM ET

By Christiane Amanpour, CNN

Hassan Rouhani is the fourth Iranian President I have interviewed, and each time these discussions seem to come at crucial times.

I was struck by the fact that he agreed to say a sentence or two in English to reach the American people in their own language, saying he was bringing peace and friendship from Iran.

I recall the huge excitement there was the first time when the first reform president, Mohammad Khatami, sat down with me and delivered what many called his manifesto for moderation: change and freedom … that was in 1998.

Like Rouhani, he too was the “mullah with a smiling face” and spoke words on CNN that truly changed the tone of the country’s relations with the rest of the world.

But soon it was clear that Khatami did not have the mandate from the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei, and hardliners quickly swept away his reforms, and people’s hopes. The brief Tehran Spring withered and died.

I asked Rouhani: What would be different this time?

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Iran's new president: Yes, the Holocaust happened

September 25th, 2013
10:06 AM ET

Editor's note: This is an excerpt from Christiane Amanpour's full interview with President Hassan Rouhani, which will air at 2 p.m. ET Wednesday on CNN International.

By Josh Levs and Mick Krever, CNN

Iran's new president has acknowledged the Holocaust, furthering the stark contrast between himself and his predecessor.

"Any crime that happens in history against humanity, including the crime the Nazis committed towards the Jews as well as non-Jews, was reprehensible and condemnable," President Hassan Rouhani said in an interview with CNN's Christiane Amanpour.

"Whatever criminality they committed against the Jews we condemn. The taking of human life is contemptible. It makes no difference whether that life is a Jewish life, Christian or Muslim."

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