Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks with media in a joint press conference with his Austrian counterpart Heinz Fischer in Tehran on Sept. 8, 2015.
Ebrahim Noroozi—AP
September 18, 2015 4:44 PM EDT

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says that when Iranians chant “death to America,” they don’t mean they want to kill Americans. Instead, he says, the slogan is a condemnation of American policy.

Rouhani explained the controversial chant to CBS’s Steve Kroft in an interview that will air on 60 Minutes on Sunday:

The interview was President Rouhani’s first with a Western journalist since the Iran deal was made in July.

[CBS]

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