Natanz: Iran blames Israel – News Review 2022

October 19, 2022

A cyber attack on an underground nuclear site in Iran has left new advanced machines, known as centrifuges, no longer working. The Iranian foreign minister has said his country will “take revenge” on the perpetrators and has blamed Israel for a cyber attack. Neil and Catherine have the vocabulary you need to talk about this story.

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Video chapters:
0:00​​​​​​​​​ – Introduction
0:30​​​​​​ – Story
1:56​​ – Headline 1: Iran says key Natanz nuclear facility hit by ‘sabotage’
5:19​ – Headline 2: Iran says it identified person who caused power outage at Natanz — report
7:55​​​​​​​ – Headline 3: Pentagon chief declares ‘ironclad’ U.S. commitment to Israel
10:27​​​​​​​​​ – Language summary

The story
As soon as it emerged there had been some kind of problem at the Natanz facility, speculation arose as to what might have caused it.

Now the head of Iran’s atomic agency, Ali Akbar Salehi, has called it nuclear terrorism – saying that Iran reserves the right to take action against the perpetrators.

Key words and phrases:
deliberate destruction of something to prevent a competitor’s success

The former leader set up a new party to sabotage his former colleagues’ attempt to win a majority.

In an act of sabotage, I poured salt into my rival’s cake in the baking

period when a service, often electrical, is not working

All the clocks are wrong. There must have been an outage earlier.

All these power outages are costing the economy millions.

impossible to change or weaken; completely definite

I felt better when he gave me an ironclad assurance he’d help me.

Can you give me an ironclad guarantee that you won’t do that again?

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  1. 👀 I think the other team sabotaged the goal to prevent our team to win.
    👀 Our region has an outage for few days.
    👀 My boss is an ironclad person, he doesn't change his opinion .

  2. Excellent as usual

  3. please can you add the pronunciation of each new word at the PDF material

  4. Big like

  5. Hello News the best teaching

  6. Si ok

  7. Reply
    Violetta Chernishova October 19, 2022 at 12:24 am

    As always your lessons are amazing, helpful. Many thanks!❤ See you soon!💖🎆🎇

  8. Sabotage outage ironclad

  9. So you dropped the ‘r’ in ‘ironclad’?

  10. You dropped the ‘R’ ironclad?

  11. I love this video. It is clearer than before.

  12. Yeah, We have had internet outage problems since the military coup in Myanmar. 😥🙁😤😭

  13. شكرا لك

  14. I wonder who shaved Neil's hair?

  15. Reply
    Анна Чекина October 19, 2022 at 12:24 am

    Catherine's background including wallpapers always make me imagine myself living a dream life inside this traditional British house (though I'm not sure if this is traditional British interior… but it looks pretty cool)

  16. Thank you… Neil and Katherine …I love both of you… I hope to see you at studio again

  17. 😅😅😅I’m from Iran

  18. Great professors, I like 👍💯

  19. Love this channel

  20. Reply
    Naty Moreira - Musicista October 19, 2022 at 12:24 am

    It is so interesting to watch a news about all around the world as far as I know I have reserched just a little and Thank you very much for useful vocabulary.

  21. Thanks a lot friends Neil and Catherine, this couple of friends from BBC Learning English is frankly wonderful talking about each topic in News Review, I always enjoy your performance for helping me to improve in english.

  22. Sabotage, the same word exists in French, only the pronunciation is different.

  23. You videos help me learn English clearly and accurately. Thanks a ton🙂

  24. Great Video as usual. Thank you for posting this. Greetings from Spain

  25. Reply
    Mohammad amin Dayani October 19, 2022 at 12:24 am

    مرگ بر امریکا😂

  26. Has bbc learning news word transcript?(6 minutes English) if so, where is it available for download?

  27. Our internet outage is not working today

  28. you are ironclad when you’re with your dad 🙂

  29. Hi from Azerbaijan, thank you very much for the useful vocabulary.

  30. Thanks so much! 😊

  31. Iran should revenge. Both Israel and US are to blame.

  32. I sometimes get confused with the same words that Catherine struggles with ‘properly and probably’. 😂

  33. Your wonderful work helps me a lot in preparing my IELTS . my heartful thanks for your team

  34. Because of an external preparator there was a power OUTAGE in the factory. Someone must have SABOTAGED last night. When we asked the security firm about this incident they apologised and gave an IRONCLAD promise to strengthen the security around the factory. 😀🙏

    Thanks @bbclearningenglish 🎉

  35. What's the British way to say "sabotage"? it sounds like "noble". Who can spell it for me? Many thanks.

  36. Wow! You had a haircut, didn't you?

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