Christiane Amanpour

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CNN's Christiane Amanpour examines the likelihood of America and Israel going to war with Iran and weighs in on Iran's nuclear program. (6:26)

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>> Stephen: HOW CLOSE IS THE

WEST, THE UNITED STATES, IS

ISRAEL TO WAR WITH IRAN, ARE

WE ON A PRECIPICE R WE ON,

ARE WE ON A CLIFF, ARE WE ON

A SOFT TRACK, MAYBE, ARE WE

ON A SLIPPERY FRONT STOOP.

>> SOMETHING.

>> Stephen: WHAT ARE WE

ABOUT TO FALL OVER INTO,

WITH IRAN, BECAUSE IS

INEVITABLE RIGHT.

>> I'M NOT SURE BUT THERE IS

CERTAINLY A LOT OF

PSYCHOLOGICAL WARFARE GOING

ON RIGHT NOW.

YOU HAVE IRAN TALKING ABOUT

CLOSING ITS STRAITS OF

HORMUZ, EVERYBODY GETTING

WORRIED ABOUT THE PRICE OF

OIL GOING UP, THE ECONOMY

BEING AFFECTED.

AND YOU'VE GOT ISRAEL

TALKING ABOUT A MILITARY

OPTION.

>> Stephen: S THERE'S NO,

THERE'S NO CHOICE, RIGHT?

>> WELL, THAT'S WHAT THEY

ARE SAYING.

IS THE SANCTIONS GOING TO

WORK, WHAT YOU'VE GOT, IT

SORT OF REMINDED ME OF WHEN,

I MEAN YOU AND YOUR GANG

SEVERAL YEARS AGO WERE

REALLY MARCHING THE COUNTRY

TOWARDS WAR WITH IRAQ.

>> Stephen: I DON'T KNOW

ABOUT --

>> IT'S LIKE YOU KNOW-- .

>> Stephen: LEADING THROUGH

BRAVE VISION, SO WOULD YOU

RATHER HAVE SADDAM HUSSEIN

STILL IN POWER.

>> LISTEN, HERE IS THE

THING.

>> Stephen: WOULD YOU STILL

HAVE SADDAM HUSSEIN.

>> I WOULD RATHER WE

HAVE-- YZ.

>> Stephen: YES OR NO, I AM

NOT GOING TO LET YOU WE ARE

RIGHT-- REWRITE HISTORY,

MADAME.

DO WE KNOW HOW CLOSE IRAN IS

TO A NUCLEAR WEAPON R THEY

LIKE THREE AREAS AWAY FROM

BEING LIKE FIVE YEARS AWAY

OR ONE YEAR AWAY FROM BEING

SEVEN YEARS AWAY.

>> WELL, YOU TELL ME.

SINCE 1990 OR 1992 PEOPLE

HAVE BEEN SAYING THEY ARING

TO GET IT NEXT YEAR.

LOOK, THE LONG FERR GOES ON,

THE MORE THE WEST AND ISRAEL

BELIEVES THAT IRAN IS SIMPLY

INDEX ORABLY MARCHING

TOWARDS A WEAPON.

IRAN KEEPS SAYING NO WE'RE

NOT.

>> Stephen: THEY JUST WANT

NUCLEAR POWER, THAT'S ALLS

WITH.

>> THAT IS WHAT THEY SAY,

BUT NOBODY BELIEVES IRAN.

>> Stephen: ARE YOU ONE OF

THOSE PEOPLE THAT SAYS WE

TRUST WE SHOULD TRUST THEM.

>> NOBODY BELIEVES I RAN.

WHAT I THINK IS LOOK,

SANCTIONS HAVEN'T YET

WORKED.

THEY'RE BITING.

THEY'RE DEFINITELY BITING

BUT THEY HAVEN'T YET WORKED

IN TERMS OF CAUSING THEM TO

CAPITULATE.

>> Stephen: YOU KNOW WHAT

WOULD REALLY WORK IS DRIVING

A MOTORCYCLE UP NEXT TO AN

IRANIAN SCIENTIST CAR AND

PUT A MAGNETIC BOMB ON THE

BACK.

>> WHO DO YOU THINK IS DOING

THAT.

>> Stephen: MI GOING SAY

THAT PROGRAMS THE I REALIES

HAVE FOUND A WAY TO

WEAPONIZE THE DELIVERY MAN,

OKAY.

YOU KNOW, BUT IF THAT-- IF

THEY FEEL A NEED TO DO THAT,

DOESN'T THAT SAY THAT ITS

ISRAELI INTELLIGENCE

SERVICES THINK THAT THIS IS

GOING TOWARD A BOMB.

>> THEY CERTAINLY DO THINK

THAT.

THEY DON'T THINK THE IRANIANS

WOULD-- THEY OBVIOUSLY THINK

THAT WHICH IS WHY WE ARE AT

THIS POINT RIGHT NOW.

>> Stephen: AND THEY'RE

DIGGING DEEP BUNKERS TO DO

IT IN, THAT'S SUSPICIOUS TO

ME.

BECAUSE NOT ONLY DOES THAT

MEAN THEY COULD BE GETTING A

BOMB, BUT THEY COULD BE

FORMING AN ALLIANCE WITH THE

MOLEMEN.

>> WELL, THE MOLEMEN, I TELL

YOU, AND HOW TO GET TO THE

MOLEMEN THIS IS A BIG, BIG

WORRY, IS ALL THE PEOPLE WHO

TELL US ABOUT WHAT MIGHT

HAPPEN IN IRAN.

ONE OF THESE AREAS IS UNDER

A MOUNTAIN, UNDER A

MOUNTAIN.

AND HOW DO YOU GET TO LIFT

THAT MOUNTAIN.

>> Stephen: A NUCLEAR BOMB.

>> WELL.

>> Stephen: YOU NEED A

NUCLEAR BOMB.

OBAMA SAID IT IN THE STATE

OF THE UNION.

EVERYTHING'S ON THE TABLE.

YOU HEARD THAT RIGHT.

>> WELL.

>> Stephen: AND THEY HAVE A

BIG ROUND OF APPLAUSE FROM

CONGRESS.

>> SOME PEOPLE ARE ACTUALLY

TALKING ABOUT POTENTIALLY

USING NUCLEAR WEAPONS.

>> Stephen: WE TALKED ABOUT

IT, I'M SOME PEOPLE.

>> I KNOW, BUT SERIOUS

PEOPLE.

>> Stephen: HAVE YOU NOT

SEEN MY SANDALS, MADAME.

>> I WANT TO SEE THEM.

>> Stephen: THESE ARE VERY,

VERY SERIOUS SANDALS,

SERIOUSLY, OBAMA SAID

NOTHING'S OFF THE TABLE.

>> RIGHT.

>> Stephen: AND THEN HE SAID

BUT OF COURSE WE WANT TO TRY

PEACEFUL METHODS TOO.

AND CONGRESS WENT YEAH, YEAH,

PEACE, PEACE, PEACE, PEACE.

HE GOT THE OVATION FOR THE

POSSIBLE USE OF FORCE.

>> UH-HUH.

THERE'S NO CURRENCY IN THIS

COUNTRY RIGHT NOW IN A

PRESIDENTIAL YEAR FOR ANY

FLEXES.

AND THAT IS SOMETHING THAT

SOME PEOPLE TALK ABOUT.

>> Stephen: YOU HAVE BEEN

REVIEWED AHMADINEJAD.

>> AHMADINEJAD.

>> Stephen: YEAH, I CAN'T

PRONOUNCE T IS A DIFFICULT

NAME.

>> IT IS.

>> Stephen: ARE YOU GOING TO

SEE HIM, INTERVIEW HIM ANY

TIME SOON?

>> YOU KNOW, WE WOULD ALWAYS

LIKE TO.

HE TENDS TO SAY THE SAME

THING OVER AND OVER AGAIN.

SO ONE INTERVIEW IS MUCH

LIKE ANOTHER INTERVIEW.

>> Stephen: HAVE YOU JUST

INTERVIEWED HIM ONCE AND

JUST RUN IT FOUR TIMES.

>> WELL, I COULD.

I COULD.

>> Stephen: ASK HIM TO COME

ON HERE.

I WILL LET HIM SAY ANY CRAZY

THING HE WANTS.

>> WELL, YOU KNOW, ONE OF

THE CRAZY THINGS IS THAT

IT'S BECOME CRAZY THERE,

CERTAINLY SINCE I WAS THERE

IN 2009.

YOU REMEMBER, THE PEOPLE OF

IRAN CAME OUT IN THE STREETS.

>> Stephen: THEY ROSE UP.

>> THEY WANTED A CHANGE.

AND THIS GOVERNMENT BRUTALLY

CRACKED DOWN ON THEM.

AND SINCE THEN, YOU KNOW,

PEOPLE WHO MIGHT HAVE BEEN

SLIGHTLY MORE MODERATE HAVE

BEEN REMOVED FROM THE

GOVERNMENT.

PEOPLE WHO WERE NOT AS HARD

LINED AS SOME OF THOSE WHO

ARE IN THERE NOW.

AND ODDLY ENOUGH, SOME

PEOPLE WOULD SAY THAT

POTENTIALLY AHMADINEJAD IS

ONE OF THE MODERATES RIGHT

NOW.

NOT MODERATE BUT IN

COMPARISON.

>> Stephen: ARE YOU SAYING,

ARE YOU SAYING THAT THERE IS

A CRAZIER GUY IN THE WINGS.

>> THAT IS WHAT THEY-- NOT A

CRAZIER GUY IN THE WINGS.

>> Stephen: KRASESIER GIRL.

>> THEY ARE-- I'M NOT SURE,

NO, NOT GIRL, NOT THERE.

YOU KNOW, THE REVOLUTIONARY

GUARD, ARE VERY HARD LINE.

AHMADINEJAD HIMSELF IS

POINTING TO HIMSELF AS A

LESS DANGEROUS, LESS WACKY.

YOU GUYS, BY YOUR ACTIONS

ARE THREATENING TO BRING A

WAR AGAINST US.

SO THIS-- .

>> Stephen: HE'S PLAYING

GOOD COP BAD COP WITH US.

>> THERE YOU GO.

>> Stephen: WITH NUCLEAR

WEAPONS.

WELL, YOU CERTAINLY PUT MY

MIND AT EASE.

CRIST YAN, THANK YOU SO MUCH

FOR JOINING ME.

CHRISTIANE A AMMAN TOUR,

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

THANK YOU.