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If you look at the now-evacuated British embassy in Tehran, its high walls and trees hiding recent damage from rioters, you wouldn’t think that Britain could claim much of a role in dissuading Iran from its apparent pursuit of nuclear weapons. Indeed, many say it hasn’t had one, adding this to their evidence of the decline of British influence.

But ten years of on-off talks with Tehran should still count as a success. British diplomats have probed for weak points…

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