Our new president's new Iran policy

This doesn't sound very encouraging - unless you're the leader of a terrorist state seeking legitimacy: The incoming president told ABC's This Week presenter George Stephanopoulos he would break away from President George W Bush's policy on Iran and seek a much broader approach with the Islamic state. "We are going to have to take a new approach. And I've outlined my belief that engagement is the place to start," Mr Obama said. Mr Obama, who won the US presidential election in November, takes office on 20 January. In the interview, he promised "a new emphasis on respect and a new emphasis on being willing to talk, but also a clarity about what our bottom lines are." He added he believed his administration would "move swiftly" in its new approach with Tehran. Mr Obama had earlier said there should be no pre-conditions in discussions with the Iranian leadership. The Bush administration had accused Iran of developing nuclear technology in order to...(Read Full Post)

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