October 5th, 2013
11:38 PM ET

On GPS this Sunday: Exclusive interviews with Iran's foreign minister and Bono

"Fareed Zakaria GPS," Sundays at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET on CNN

On GPS Sunday: In the first of two exclusive interviews, Fareed speaks with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif about the nuclear negotiations, why his country needs nuclear energy and his views on the United States and Israel.

“Unfortunately, some people find it in their interests to deceive the international community and to conduct a policy of fear-mongering,” Zarif says. “Israel has been pushing the line, since 1992 – perhaps you can find even an earlier version, I haven't. Of what I've seen [it] is since 1992, Israel has been saying – and most of it has been Netanyahu himself – that Iran is six months away from a nuclear bomb. Now, what is it…21 years from 1992? We still don't have a bomb.  We won't have a bomb because we don't see it in our interests.”

Then, Fareed speaks exclusively with rock star and activist Bono. The U2 singer talks about the fight against HIV, the benefits of foreign aid, Africa, U.S. politics, and more.

All that plus Fareed’s take on the U.S. government shutdown.

 

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  1. ✠RZ✠

    Bono, Bill & Melinda Gates, and Warren Buffett. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

    October 6, 2013 at 12:36 am | Reply
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    October 6, 2013 at 1:28 am | Reply
  3. Don Feferman

    How could Fareed let the smiling liar complain that the U.S. is not treating Iran with respect? He said that countries can not deal with each other in that manner, while at the same time calling for the destruction of Israel. Why was this not mentioned. This was not a time for kid gloves.

    October 6, 2013 at 10:29 am | Reply
    • ✠RZ✠

      High ranking government officials must be experts at answering questions directly and perfectly with anything but a relevant response or especially the truth. Furthermore, it is not unreasonable to assume that the duty of all such offices will often have the tendency to push one towards lying and thuggery. So, all things being equal, I would suggest the appropriate policy at this time should be to that of extending more rope, rather than taking off the gloves. Let's not get too hasty. But at the same time, we need to be very careful with that rope too.

      October 6, 2013 at 11:22 pm | Reply
  4. Eugene Levich

    Fareed's interview with Iran's foreign minister was disappointingly weak. Fareed did not question him regarding Iran's building of ballistic missiles whose specific use is to deliver nuclear warheads - missiles capable of reaching both Israel and the United States. If Iran does not aim at producing nuclear weapons, why is it building the missiles to deliver them? Fareed unfortunately did not mention Iran's carrying out of terrorist attacks in foreign countries - killing many innocent women and children, mainly Jewish - nor did he mention Iran's repeated statement that Israel must be wiped off the map - committing genocide! No Israeli has ever stated that Iran should be wiped off the map - nor would Jews ever contemplate such a thing. Get with it, Fareed!

    October 6, 2013 at 12:42 pm | Reply
    • Monrovia

      We hear similarly 'weak' interviews with Bibi and his many friends every day of the week. At last, we are getting a little bit from the other side.

      October 7, 2013 at 12:28 am | Reply
      • Julia

        Very true, Monrovia.

        August 27, 2014 at 5:43 pm |
  5. Mike

    I totally disagree with Fareeds idea of what a true US democracy is. It should always be tested, it should always be fought for! He neglected to give any examples of what happens when a society just sat back at followed what he calls the rules. If history has any meaning and teaching. Those societies turned out quit bad.

    October 6, 2013 at 1:17 pm | Reply
    • Ali

      I sooo totally agree with Fereed's opening statements! I thought it was perfect for this crazy congress who are off the wall!!

      October 7, 2013 at 12:50 am | Reply
  6. Daren

    Fareed failed to mention that Obamacare only got implemented after Congress used some shady rules changes after Scott Brown got elected. Had they followed normal rules, Obamacare would not be the law. What about that as a threat to democracy?

    October 6, 2013 at 1:36 pm | Reply
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  9. Reason

    The interview with Iran's foreign minister was unfortunately a confirmation of the underlying truth of how he feels about the current state of affairs. While I was listening to his interview I kept wondering why he did not express a sense of being INSULTED by Netanyahu's words to which he kept referring to as being "INTERESTING" !

    Give.... me .....a break !

    He then proceeded to respond to President Obama's words and, that's when he pulls out the word "INSULTED"... I was not disappointed but rather disgusted that he sits in a position of leadership and decision making and has very little control over his pathetic and infantile impulse !!!!!! The people listening to his glossed over and polished garbage should be the ones feeling insulted.

    October 6, 2013 at 2:13 pm | Reply
  10. j. von hettlingen

    Javad Zarif is an excellent speaker. He knows how to smile without being seen as insincere. No wonder he was made foreign minister. Let's hope that the hardliners in Iran wouldn't destroy his career.

    October 6, 2013 at 5:19 pm | Reply
  11. sam

    Hired Israeli students attack for making comments on news pages is obvious! they are all over the internet spreading Israeli Propaganda and Iranophbic garbage. go fix your apartheid regime.

    October 6, 2013 at 6:51 pm | Reply
  12. May

    THE MUSLIMS ARE NOT HAPPY!
    They're not happy in Gaza ..
    They're not happy in Egypt ..
    They're not happy in Libya ..
    They're not happy in Morocco ..
    They're not happy in Iran ..
    They're not happy in Iraq ..
    They're not happy in Yemen ..
    They're not happy in Afghanistan ..
    They're not happy in Pakistan ..
    They're not happy in Syria ..
    They're not happy in Lebanon ..

    SO, WHERE ARE THEY HAPPY?

    They're happy in Australia .
    They're happy in Canada .
    They're happy in England ..
    They're happy in France ..
    They're happy in Italy ..
    They're happy in Germany ..
    They're happy in Sweden ..
    They're happy in the USA ..
    They're happy in Norway ..
    They're happy in Holland .
    They're happy in Denmark .

    Basically, they're happy in every country that is not Muslim
    and unhappy in every country that is!

    AND WHO DO THEY BLAME?

    Not Islam.
    Not their leadership.
    Not themselves.

    THEY BLAME THE COUNTRIES THEY ARE HAPPY IN!

    AND THEN; They want to change those countries to be like....
    THE COUNTRY THEY CAME FROM WHERE THEY WERE UNHAPPY!

    Excuse me, but I can't help wondering...
    How damn dumb can you get?
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    October 6, 2013 at 8:05 pm | Reply
  13. Andrew

    Israel is trying its best to get America involved in another war and its not like Israel is going to join us. We will loose sons and daughters for the pleasure of Israel!

    October 6, 2013 at 8:07 pm | Reply
  14. May

    Andrew
    Wake up dude
    If your not fighting this war today
    Your kids fight it in 15 or 20 years
    But this time .. This is going to be
    A no winner war just losers

    And to think we let even one chance something like this happen! but ... You , you are coughs up in your own little personal nice world Postponing the truth instead of looking in the mirror and say this is something I would die for ... Fredoon

    October 6, 2013 at 8:17 pm | Reply
  15. Ed

    Hasn't Iran threatened to wipe Israel from the pages of history not because of its occupation of the west bank but because of its very existence as a Jewish state? Has any member of the U.N besides Iran ever threatened to expunge any other member? Hasn't Iran actually acted on its threat by funding and supplying weapons to Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in Gaza both of which launched thousands of missiles into Israel AFTER Israel left those places? And Iran is the aggrieved party? Why didn't Mr. Zakaria, who has become my go-to commentator, confront Mr. Zarif with these facts?

    October 7, 2013 at 1:16 am | Reply
    • ✠RZ✠

      Amongst other things, journalism, the media, communication, and whistle blowing can have immediate and serious effects. And we've been hearing/seeing enough of it lately to be shaking the very foundation of America as we know it. It is doubtful that anyone could disagree with your observations, but perhaps now is not the best time to to pitch a battle merely using skeletons in our closets given that there are likely very many from all sides. Now is the time to plan accordingly and try to move forward very carefully.

      October 7, 2013 at 10:05 am | Reply
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    They're not happy in Libya ..
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    They're not happy in Iraq ..
    They're not happy in Yemen ..
    They're not happy in Afghanistan ..
    They're not happy in Pakistan ..
    They're not happy in Syria ..
    They're not happy in Lebanon ..

    SO, WHERE ARE THEY HAPPY?

    They're happy in Australia .
    They're happy in Canada .
    They're happy in England ..
    They're happy in France ..
    They're happy in Italy ..
    They're happy in Germany ..
    They're happy in Sweden ..
    They're happy in the USA ..
    They're happy in Norway ..
    They're happy in Holland .
    They're happy in Denmark .

    Basically, they're happy in every country that is not Muslim
    and unhappy in every country that is!

    AND WHO DO THEY BLAME?

    Not Islam.
    Not their leadership.
    Not themselves.

    THEY BLAME THE COUNTRIES THEY ARE HAPPY IN!

    AND THEN; They want to change those countries to be like....
    THE COUNTRY THEY CAME FROM WHERE THEY WERE UNHAPPY!

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  19. Sandra M

    The interview with Bono was a puff piece. He's been mightily criticized as a leader of the "White Savior- Industrial Complex". Fareed should have on GPS one of Bono's critics soon to discuss why trade is better for Africa than aid.

    October 14, 2013 at 1:40 pm | Reply

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