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September 24th, 2012
11:59 AM ET

Jim Walsh on Ahmadinejad's interview with Piers Morgan and his upcoming speech at the U.N. General Assembly

Over 100 heads of state and world leaders are descending to New York City for the 67th annual U.N. General Assembly. President Obama and Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai are scheduled to speak tomorrow, while Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is scheduled to take the podium Wednesday morning.

On Sunday, Ahmadinejad spoke to CNN's Piers Morgan where the Iranian President slammed an anti-Islam film and the deadly protests it triggered in the Muslim world. This morning on “Early Start” International Security Analyst Jim Walsh weighs in on Ahmadinejad’s interview and who the Iranian president will meet with while he is in New York City.

Walsh says he is used to Ahmadinejad granting “softer” interviews and then delivering a “fiery speech” at the U.N. assembly. “I think you can expect the full gamut, the full range of remarks. Some will be conciliatory, some will be inflammatory,” Walsh adds.

Walsh also weighs in on Israel’s statement that Iran is six months away from a nuclear bomb. “The International Atomic Energy Agency is in [Iran’s] nuclear facilities almost on a weekly basis issuing reports every three months.” “Iran is the most watched nuclear country in the world. Its not just the U.S. its not just Israel… we’re all focused watching every move that Iran makes. So, do we know everything? No. But we have a pretty good idea” Walsh adds.


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