From: Bolen, Cheryl [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Sunday, January 17, 2016 11:07 AM
To: Allen, Jessica L. EOP/WHO
Subject: In-town pool report #1
President Obama was scheduled to give a statement at 10:45 a.m. from the Cabinet Room about Iran.
According to the Washington Post, this morning a plane carrying Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian and two other released Americans left Iranian airspace. The Post said Rezaian was first detained by Iran on July 22, 2014.
Pool was escorted into the Cabinet Room at 10:37 a.m. and Obama walked up to the podium at 10:48 a.m.
Please check against transcript.
"This is a good day," Obama said, crediting U.S. diplomacy for several positive developments with Iran.
Obama pointed to last year's nuclear agreement with Iran that he said will prevent that country from making a bomb.
The president listed the steps that Iran has taken to dismantle its nuclear program. Inspectors also will remain vigilant to ensure Iran cannot rush to create a nuclear bomb, he said.
Several Americans, unjustly detained by Iran, will be coming home, Obama said.
Jason Rezaian has already been reunited with his wife and mother, Obama said. The president named two other Americans that were released.
Still looking for Robert Levin, missing, and the U.S. will not rest until he is found, Obama said.
This week saw a nuclear deal implemented, families reunited and there is also a settlement of a long-standing Iranian claim against U.S., Obama said.
"Yours is a great civilization," Obama said to the Iranian people. Meanwhile, the U.S. is united in welcoming home sons and husbands long imprisoned.
Obama completed his remarks at 11:01 a.m. without taking any questions.
Cheryl Bolen, White House reporter
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