to an nbc news exclusive.
was granted an exclusive interview today with
in tehran. they talked about a number of things, including the fate of the american hikers and the plan to build that
. andr andrea, good evening.
good evening, brian.
's president personally intervened to get sarah shourd released because of her medical problems. but when it came to the tough questions, tough details of subjects like the two other american hikers still in jail, and the international criticism today of
iran's nuclear program
, well, then he was defiant.
wanted americans to know that sarah shourd had been released on compassionate grounds but the fate of shane bauer and josh fattal --
i think we should let the judge decide about the case. i think this is the greatest help to all of them.
's government has been encouraging protests all week, trying to exploit anger against the u.s. because of threats to burn the koran. and the opposition to the proposed islamic
. in our interview,
seized the anti-muslim tension as a zionist conspiracy in america.
i should say there is no conflict between the two countries. we should find where the problem is. i ask this question -- do the
people of the united states
hate the muslims? is that so? that's not true. muslims do not hate americans, either. this is nothing to do with the people here. that has nothing to do with cultures. we believe that there is a minority in a
, and they are
. they have no religion. they believe in no religion and they have no culture. they are always thinking for their material interests. they are against all religions. against all divine books. against all divine prophets. their interest lies in hostility with
nations of the world
, and the hostility -- their interests lie in creating wars and conflicts.
he suggested that so-called
from improving relations with
wants to do something. but there are pressures -- pressure grouches ps in the
who do not allow him to do something. even if he wants to do something, there are certain groups that don't allow him.
you're suggesting that
doesn't have -- doesn't have the -- as commander in chief and leader of the
does not have the decision making power over what he does?
do you really think
can do anything he wishes, too? he does not say so even. there are different
and more important, there are
there. we say if he wants to do something, there are certain groups who do not allow him to do so.
rejected today's demands by the u.n.
nuclear agency to let inspectors back in. he said he would not let that happen, but senior u.s. officials tell me that if he continues to defy the u.n. on this, that could lead to a major confrontation with the