Analysts see signs that foreign leaders are open to improved ties with Obama at the helm.

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In his inaugural address, President Obama signaled conciliation to America’s foes by promising an outstretched hand if they unclench their fists.

Already, there are signs that some of those foes were listening, sensing an opening for improved relations after eight combative years with George W. Bush as president. Fidel Castro is said to like the new U.S. leader, and North Korea and Iran sounded open to new ideas to defuse nuclear tensions.

Unclear is what they will demand in return from Obama, and whether they will agree to the compromises that the United States is likely to require in exchange for warmer relations

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