11.13.2018

Hamid Baeidinejad, Iranian Ambassador to the UK

As Iran calls newly re-imposed U.S. sanctions “an act of economic war,” the Iranian Ambassador to the UK, Hamid Baeidinejad, joins the program.

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I read that you're trying to find private companies to sell your oil to and then they can export it.

Is that what's happening?

We have a lot of alternatives because we have had some experiences from the past and we know that in fact the difference from this time they're comparing to the previous time is that the countries are not ready to comply with United States' requests so we have enough leverages to continue our exports.

So you say that, but you can see like companies in droves leaving Iran, all sorts of companies that signed deals with Iran, came to Iran in the wake of the Iran Nuclear Deal have have bolted, they do not want to get on the wrong side of the United States.

I mean that must be a serious threat to your economy.

We are not happy that in fact the big companies or are leaving Iran because of the U.S. pressure, but in the meantime we have a lot of interest by medium sized and small sized companies to work with Iran and we are in close contact with the European Union is that how we can ensure that in fact medium sized and small size companies could continue their work with Iran.

OK so let's get to the heart of the matter I'm going to play a sound bite from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo where he laid out exactly what Iran has to do in order to get relief from the sanctions.

'We must being to to define what it is that we demand from Iran.

Iran must stop enrichment.

Iran must end support to Middle East terrorist groups, including Lebanese Hezbollah, Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad and Iran must withdraw all forces under Iranian command throughout the entirety of Syria.

Iran must end its threatening behavior against its neighbors, many of whom are U.S. allies.

You know that list is pretty long, but if you take a look at it these are 12 very basic requirements.'

Have you stopped any of those things?

Of course not because in fact these are just the allegations and some of them very unbased accusations that the United States is making against Iran.

And this is exactly the contradiction that we receive in the U.S.

that in in one way President Trump is inviting a lot of times that in fact President Rouhani would meet him and in in other occasions see that these kind of contradictory statements that there are conditions to be met by Iran.

So this shows that there is no consistent policy in the United States and they are putting forward conditions that they know better than every everybody else that it's impossible for Iran to be

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Christiane Amanpour speaks with Governor of California Jerry Brown, Iranian Ambassador to the UK Hamid Baeidinejad, and actress and writer Abbi Jacobson. Walter Isaacson speaks with founder and Executive Director of Code for America Jennifer Pahlka.

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