Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi took a hard line about any potential deal with the West and said President Biden has carried on the same policies as his predecessor in an interview shot this past Tuesday with Lesley Stahl for 60 Minutes.
“You’re off to New York. You’re going to speak to the United Nations,” Stahl said to Raisi during their conversation. “You know, President Biden is going to be there. Are you open to a meeting with President Biden? A face-to-face?”
“No. I don’t think that such a meeting would happen,” Raisi responded, through a translator. “I don’t believe having a meeting or a talk with him will be beneficial.”
“What do you think the difference is for you, from your perspective,” Stahl asked, “between the Trump administration and the Biden administration?”
“The new administration in the U.S., they claim that they are different from the Trump administration,” Raisi said. “They have said it in their messages to us. But we haven’t witnessed any changes in reality.”
Raisi and Stahl spoke for an hour. Stahl was told how to dress, not to sit down before the president and was given one hour for the interview. See the interview this Sunday, as 60 Minutes premieres its 55th season.