Iran's Ahmadinejad a Study in Contrasts

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When Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad addresses the U.N. General Assembly Tuesday, he will make the case for his government's right to develop nuclear capabilities.

According to NPR's senior news analyst Ted Koppel, who is on a reporting trip to Tehran, government officials and religious leaders believe an accommodation can be reached over nuclear enrichment relatively easily — if the sides come to understand one another.

Koppel just met with a childhood friend of Ahmadinejad's, who says the leader has almost no comprehension of how the outside world works, and no idea about how diplomacy is handled. Still, according to at least one Iranian, Ahmadinejad has more working people in his corner than elites. Melissa Block talks to Koppel about the mood in Iran.



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