Barack Obama has promised a fresh approach in the United States’ relationship with Iran and the Middle East peace process.In a wide ranging interview on US television, the president-elect said he would seek to adopt a much broader stance in dealing with the Islamic state. “I think that Iran is going to be one of our biggest challenges. And as I said during the campaign we have a situation in which not only is Iran exporting terrorism through Hamas, through Hezbollah, but they are pursuing a nuclear weapon that could trigger a nuclear arms race in the region. We are going to have to take a new approach,” Obama said. Obama also repeated his promise to close the Guantanamo Bay prison camp, but suggested it might not happen within his first 100 days in office.
Obama sets Middle-East and Iran as priorities