US artworks delivered to Iran

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran has taken delivery of 14 pieces of American art purchased nearly 40 years ago but blocked for export due to a rupture in bilateral relations following Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution.

The state-run English-language channel Press TV says the delivery is the outcome of a lawsuit filed by Iranian officials two years ago with a tribunal created in 1981 under an agreement known as the Algiers Accords. The Saturday report says the artworks were purchased by the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art in 1978. The U.S. severed diplomatic relations with Iran after Iranian students stormed the American embassy in Tehran in 1979.

The delivery comes during a slight improvement in relations between Iran and the United States after the signing of a landmark nuclear deal in July.



 artwork  /ˈɑːtwəːk/  N

paintings, drawings, or other artistic works.

“a collection of artwork from tribal cultures”

deliver  /dɪˈlɪvə(r)/  V

to take something, especially goods or letters, to a place

The package was delivered this morning.

deliver something to something:

“Would you like to have the latest fashions delivered to your door?”

“the products should be delivered on time”

delivery  /dɪˈlɪv·ə·ri/   N

the ​act of taking ​goods, ​letters, or ​packages to people’s ​houses or ​places of ​work:

“The ​company gets two deliveries a ​day.”

“You can ​pay for the ​rug on delivery (= when it is ​received).”

 due to

because of something

He almost died due to lack of oxygen.

The company’s financial losses were due to poor management.

 rupture: ˈrʌptʃə/  N

A break in friendly relations.  a breach of peaceful or friendly relations

bilateral  /baɪˈlæt(ə)rəl/  Adj

involving two parties, especially countries.
“the bilateral agreements with Japan”

following  /ˈfɒləʊɪŋ/   preposition
coming after or as a result of.
“police are hunting for two men following a spate of robberies in the area”

controlled by the government
state-run television

lawsuit   uk   /ˈlɔː.suːt/ /-sjuːt/  us   /ˈlɑː.suːt/   N
a ​problem taken to a ​law ​court by an ​ordinary ​person or an ​organization ​rather than the ​police in ​order to ​obtain a ​legal ​decision:
Two of the ​directors ​filed) a lawsuit against ​their ​former ​employer.
mainly UKThey ​brought a lawsuit against the ​company.”
“his lawyer filed a lawsuit against Los Angeles city”

file  /fʌɪl/ V
To initiate (a lawsuit):
“file a complaint”;file charges.”

tribunal  uk   us   /traɪˈbjuː.nəl/

a ​special ​court ​chosen, esp. by a ​government or governments, to ​examine a ​particular ​problem:

An ​international tribunal of ​judges was ​established to ​investigate ​alleged ​war ​crimes.”

 Algiers Accords  /al-ˈjirz/  /əˈkɔːd/

عهدنامه ۱۹۸۱ الجزایر

 Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art

موزه هنرهای معاصر تهران

 sever  /ˈsevə(r)/  V

to end something such as a friendship or a connection completely and permanently, break off.

The rebels have severed all contact with the government.

 storm:  /stɔːm/  V

 suddenly attack and capture (a building or other place) by means of force.
“commandos stormed a hijacked plane early today”

“police stormed the building”

 slight  uk   us   /slaɪt/  Adj

​small in ​amount or ​degree:

a slight ​improvement”

a slight ​incline”

She had a slight ​headache.

I don’t have the slightest ​idea what he’s ​talking about.”

 landmark  uk   /ˈlænd.mɑːk/  us   /-mɑːrk/   Adj

a major event or achievement that marks an important stage in a process and makes progress possible

“This book has become a landmark in art criticism.”