Obama spurs iran hopes
A panel of former top international officials voiced hope at a Moscow forum on Tuesday for progress in settling the Iranian nuclear standoff after President-elect Barack Obama takes office.
Hans Blix, former head of the United Nations nuclear watchdog, said he expected the new U.S. administration to take a fresh approach to the deadlocked international talks on Iran's nuclear ambitions.
"I hope that the Obama administration in the United States will be more imaginative" on the issue than its predecessors, Blix said after a session of the Luxembourg Forum on Preventing Nuclear Catastrophe.
Former Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov also said he expected the change of administration in Washington to play a positive role in the Iranian nuclear dispute.
"The new administration coming to power in the United States could breathe a new life into the negotiation process," Ivanov told reporters.