Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is among 116 presidents, prime ministers and other heads of state are gathering in New York for the annual meeting of the United Nations general assembly. Recently Ahmadinejad spoke with CNN’s Piers Morgan and talked about a potential military confrontation with Israel. Fmr. Amb. R. Nicholas Burns weighs in on Ahmadinejad’s visit to New York.
“I don’t think he’s got the political power right now in Iran,” says Burns. “I think he’s made outrageous statements about Israel. He’s not the most popular person in his own society… So I think he’s really a defeated figure in his own country. He’ll be out of office next year. And he says things to get attention but they rarely make sense.”
Burns adds, that “the Iranians are in a tough spot because they’re very much isolated. “The sanctions that President Obama and Europeans have put on them are unprecedented and really making an impact on Iran. Iran has very few friends around the world. And of course they’re proceeding on their nuclear program which has been condemned by the United Nations Security council.”
“I think its going to be a tough week for Ahmadinejad. I don’t think he’s going to find much support at all in New York.”