IAEA Reports Iran Broadly Complying With Nuclear Accords

WASHINGTON — Iran is broadly complying with agreements on curtailing its nuclear program, the International Atomic Energy Agency reported Thursday in its first update since last month’s deal between Tehran and world powers. It noted concern, however, with an Iranian military site where nuclear weapons work may have occurred more than a decade ago.

The U.N. agency said Iran’s current level of uranium enrichment, nuclear research and development and other activity is in line with its declarations. The 21-page report covers Iran’s nuclear program in the run-up to the landmark accord on July 14 and its first steps toward implementing that agreement. A copy of the document was obtained by The Associated Press.

The agency noted that it received information from Iran about allegations of past nuclear weapons work on Aug. 15.

But it offered reservations about the military base of Parchin. Western intelligence agencies say Iran used the site for explosives tests and other experiments related to the development of nuclear weapons. Iran argues the evidence is fraudulent; the IAEA is supposed to clear up the allegations by mid-December.

The IAEA said it recently observed through satellite imagery the presence of vehicles, equipment and probable construction materials at the site. And it warned, “The activities that have taken place at this location since February 2012 are likely to have undermined the agency’s ability to conduct effective verification.”

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IAEA          N

International Atomic Energy Agency



broadly   /ˈbrɔːdli/   adverb

in general and without considering minor details.

“the climate is broadly similar in the two regions”

synonyms:   in general, on the whole, as a rule, in the main, mainly, predominantly;

Comply with

to obey a rule or law, or to do what someone asks you to do

If you don’t comply you could face a penalty of £۱۰۰٫

comply with:

You are legally obliged to comply fully with any investigations.

curtail   /kəːˈteɪl/

 reduce in extent or quantity; impose a restriction on.

“civil liberties were further curtailed”

synonyms:   reduce, cut, cut down, cut back, decrease, lessen, diminish, slim down, tighten up, retrench, pare down, trim, dock, lop, shrink

update                       N

 Information that updates something or someone.

note                        V

remark upon (something), typically in order to draw someone’s attention to it.

“we noted earlier the difficulties inherent in this strategy”

synonyms:   mention, refer to, touch on, indicate, point out, make known, state

“the letter noted the ministers’ concern”


United Nations سازمان ملل متحد

enrichment            N

غنی سازی

In line with

similar to, or at the same ​level as something:

“The company’s ​results are in line with ​stockmarketexpectations.”

“We’re ​seeking a ​payrise that’s in line with ​inflation.”

“The ​salaries of ​temporaryemployees ought to be ​brought into line with those of ​permanentstaff.”

declaration   /dekləˈreiʃən/   N

a formal or explicit statement or announcement.

“a declaration of love”

synonyms:   announcement, statement, communication, pronouncement, proclamation, memorandum, bulletin, communiqué, dispatch, report, edict, manifesto;

run-up              N

the period immediately before an action or event

the period preceding a notable event.

“a programme aimed at lowering unemployment in the run-up to the next election”

landmark           N

an event or discovery marking an important stage or turning point in something.

“the vaccine is a landmark in the history of preventive medicine”

synonyms:   turning point, milestone, watershed, critical point, historic event, major achievement;

allegation   /ˌæl.əˈɡeɪ.ʃən/   N

a claim or assertion that someone has done something illegal or wrong, typically one made without proof.

“he made allegations of corruption against the administration”

synonyms:  claim, assertion, declaration, statement, proclamation, contention, argument, affirmation, averment, avowal, attestation, testimony, certification, evidence, witness, charge, accusation, suggestion, implication, hint, insinuation, indication, intimation, imputation, plea, pretence, profession;

offer            V

to propose or put forward for consideration:

“to offer a suggestion.”

reservations   /ˌrezərˈvāSH(ə)n/   N  [C usually plural, U]

a ​doubt or ​feeling of not being ​able to ​agree with or ​accept something ​completely:

“Workers and ​employeesshareddeep reservations about the ​wisdom of the government’s ​plans for the ​industry.”

“He ​accepted my ​advice without reservation.”

military base 

پایگاه نظامی

intelligence agencies                       

سازمان اطلاعاتی

explosive         N

 a substance which can be made to explode, especially any of those used in bombs or shells.

“stocks of explosives”

synonyms:    bomb, incendiary device, incendiary, device

“stocks of explosives”


obtained, done by, or involving deception, especially criminal deception.

“fraudulent share dealing”

unjustifiably claiming or being credited with particular accomplishments or qualities.

“fraudulent psychics”

synonyms:   dishonest, cheating, swindling, corrupt, criminal, illegal, unlawful, illicit, against the law; More

deceitful, double-dealing, duplicitous, Janus-faced, dishonourable, unscrupulous, unfair, unjust, unethical, unprincipled;

informal  crooked, sharp, shady, tricky, shifty, dirty;

informal  bent, dodgy;

informal  shonky

“he was convicted of fraudulent share dealing”

antonyms:  honest, above board

is supposed to         V

(used in the passive) to expect or design; require or permit (followed by an infinitive verb):

“The machine is supposed to make noise.”

“I’m not supposed to run fast.”

supposed to

۱-٫Intended to; also, believed to, expected to. For example, This pill is supposed to relieve your pain, or You’re supposed to be my partner. [Early 1300s ]

۲-Required to, as in He is supposed to call home. [Mid-1800s ]

۳-not supposed to. Not permitted to, as in You’re not supposed to smoke in here.

clear up 

to solve a problem or a mystery

Obviously the misunderstanding will have to be cleared up.”

“The case was never cleared up.”


Satellite imagery     /ˈsatəlʌɪt/ /ˈɪmɪdʒ(ə)ri/           

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probable   /ˈpräbəb(ə)l/   Adj

likely to be the case or to happen.

“it is probable that the economic situation will deteriorate further”

synonyms:  likely, most likely, odds-on, expected, anticipated, predictable, foreseeable, ten to one;

undermine   /ˌəndərˈmīn/   V

to make someone less ​confident, less ​powerful, or less ​likely to ​succeed, or to make something ​weaker, often ​gradually:

“The ​president has ​accused two ​cabinetmembers of ​workingsecretly to undermine his ​position/him.”

“Criticism just undermines ​theirconfidence.”

conduct         V

organize and carry out.

“in the second trial he conducted his own defence”

synonyms:   manage, direct, run, be in control of, control, oversee, supervise, be in charge of, preside over, regulate, mastermind, administer, organize, coordinate, orchestrate, handle, guide, govern, lead, carry out, carry on

“the election was conducted according to new electoral law”

verification   /ˌverəfəˈkāSH(ə)n/   N

 the process of ensuring that procedures laid down in weapons limitation agreements are followed.

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