From: Paul Conner [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Friday, April 1, 2016 10:48 AM
To: Velz, Peter T. EOP/WHO
Subject: In town pool 2: P5+1 spray
Delegates from the P5+1 nations that negotiated the Iran deal sat at a circular table with flags from each of the nations nearby. Aides sat in two rows of chairs near the table.
Obama said at 10:09am that "today is an opportunity to review progress as the deal is being implemented."
"After nearly two years of intensive negotiations and strong sanctions, the countries represented in this room achieved what decades of animosity and rhetoric did not: a long term deal that closes off every possible path for Iran to build a nuclear weapon and subjects Iran to the most comprehensive nuclear inspections ever negotiated."
"Thanks to this deal we have seen real progress," before recounting some of the deal's results so far.
"It will take time for Iran to reintegrate into the global economy, but Iran is already beginning to see the benefits of this deal."
"I think it's important to note that this deal does not resolve all of our differences with Iran, including destabilizing activities in the region."
He said the deal "has achieved a substantial success."
At the table, from the White House:
• Right: President Xi Jinping of China
• Left: Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom
• President Francois Hollande, France
• President Xi Jinping, China
• Prime Minister David Cameron, United Kingdom
• President Donald Tusk, European Commission
• Federal Defense Secretary Ursula von der Leyen, Germany
• Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, Russia
Members of the US group:
Sec. John Kerry
Sec. Ernest Moniz
Susan Rice, National Security Advisor
Avril Haines, Deputy National Security Advisor
Benjamin Rhodes, Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications and Speechwriting
Stephen Mull, Lead Coordinator for Iran Nuclear Implementation
Paul Irwin, Senior Director for Iran Nuclear Implementation