ABC News’s George Stephanopoulous blogs about his sit-down yesterday with the president of Iran (who is up for re-election in June):

After the This Week show on Sunday — and after five years of requests — I received word from the Iranian interests section that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had agreed to an interview with me…


We had met once before on one of his visits to New York at a roundtable of journalists, and he said he remembered me. Maybe because we’re about the same size…


[We had] some spirited exchanges, as you might imagine, on the nuclear talks, the Holocaust, and who’s really to blame for the breakdown in U.S. - Iran relations…

The interview will air on Sunday’s This Week. Stephanopoulous writes that his requests — directly to Ahmadinejad and then, at the president’s suggestion, to Iran’s judiciary department— to see imprisoned American journalist Roxana Saberi were denied, although he did visit Saberi’s parents who said their daughter will begin a hunger strike today.

Liz Cox Barrett is a writer at CJR.