Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif addresses the Council on Foreign Relations in New York ahead of next week's United Nations General Assembly (REUTERS/Mike Segar).

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The Boys Are Back in Town: Iran's Annual Charm Offensive Begins Amidst Fading Hopes for a Deal

September 19, 2014, Suzanne Maloney

This week has seen the launch of the Iranian government's annual American charm offensive, as senior officials began arriving in New York for the United Nations General Assembly meetings. This year, as last, Tehran's typical U.S. agenda is amplified by intense talks on the nuclear issue. However, in contrast to last fall, when Iran's UNGA activities seemed to herald a historic breakthrough, the mood has dampened significantly. The stalemated nuclear negotiations have replaced anticipation with anxiety. The discussions that will take place over the next few weeks will determine if a comprehensive nuclear accord can be achieved. This increasingly looks to be a make-or-break moment for diplomacy with Tehran.

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