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VOA English Newscast : 1700 UTC October 19, 2015


Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the Joint Commission are pictured during its first meeting at the level of Political Directors on Oct. 19, 2015 at Palais Cobourg in Vienna.

Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the Joint Commission are pictured during its first meeting at the level of Political Directors on Oct. 19, 2015 at Palais Cobourg in Vienna.

From Washington, this is VOA News.

I'm Marti Johnson reporting.

The Joint Commission responsible for monitoring both sides’ compliance in the international agreement on Iran's nuclear program moved forward today (Monday) with its first meeting, amid optimism that the plan could roll out by the end of the year.

The meeting brought together officials from Iran and the U.S, Britain, France, Germany, Russia, China and the European Union, one day after the so-called Adoption Day when both sides took their first formal steps toward implementation.

After today's session, Iran's nuclear negotiator Abbas Araqchi expressed optimism implementation will take place by December 31.

On Sunday, President Obama said he ordered his government to start preparing to lift sanctions and the E-U passed legislation allowing members to start looking at bringing sanctions to an end.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned against vigilantism today, saying "no one must take the law into their own hands."

That statement one day after an Eritrean man after being shot by Israeli police officer who believed him to be a second perpetrator in a deadly stabbing attack on an Israeli soldier.

A crowd standing nearby then beat and kicked Mulu Habtom Zerhom, who died of his wounds.

University of… Middle East scholar Jonathan Adelman says Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, known as Abu Mazen, and Mr. Netanyahu have failed as negotiators.

“I think it’s a failure of leadership, and it starts on the Palestinian side, of course, with Abu Mazen, who is almost 80 and wants to retire to his house in Amman, Jordan, and on the Israeli side, the feeling that they’re isolated after losing out on the Iran deal.”

The wave of Palestinian attacks on Israelis began when rumors swept through Palestinian areas that Israel was planning to take over an East Jerusalem holy site that is sacred to both Muslims and Jews.

This is VOA News.

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Words in This News

monitoring – v. watching, observing or listening

compliance – n. the act of doing what you have been asked to do

optimism – n. hope; a feeling or belief that good things will happen

adoption – n. acceptance or approval

formal – adj. official; done in lawful form

implementation – n. the process of carryout out or performing something

sanctions – n. an action that is taken to force a country to obey international law

vigilantism – n. the act of catching and punishing criminals by people other than police officers

perpetrator - n. someone who is doing something wrong or illegal

of course – adj. naturally

rumors – n. unconfirmed reports

swept – v. sweep, pass or move quickly

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