From: Bolen, Cheryl [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Sunday, January 17, 2016 11:49 AM
To: Allen, Jessica L. EOP/WHO
Subject: In-town pool report #2
A travel/photo lid was called at 11:38 a.m.
Quotes from Obama statement on Iran, from pooler's recording.
"This is a good day, because once again we're seeing what's possible with strong American diplomacy."
"For decades, our differences with Iran meant that our governments almost never spoke to each other. Ultimately that did not advance America's interests."
"The U.S. has never been afraid to pursue diplomacy with our adversaries and as president I decided that a strong, confident America could advance our national security by engaging directly with the Iranian government. We've seen the results."
"Yesterday marked a milestone in preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon."
"Several Americans unjustly detained by Iran are finally coming home."
"I gave these families my word and a vow that we would do everything in our power to win the release of their loved ones. And we have been tireless."
"After the nuclear deal was completed, the discussions between out governments accelerated. Yesterday these families finally got the news they'd been waiting for."
Obama listed Jason Rezaian, Washington Post reporter, Pastor Saeed Abedini [sp?] and Amir Hekmati [sp?] former Marine sergeant.
Two other Americans unjustly detained have also been released: Nosratollah Khosravi-Roodsari [sp?] and Matthew Trevithick, who was in Iran as a student.
Meanwhile, Iran has agreed to deepen our coordination in the search for Robert Levinson, missing for more than 8 years.
In a reciprocal humanitarian gesture, 6 Iranian-Americans and 1 Iranian serving sentences or awaiting trial in the U.S. are being granted clemency, Obama said. These individuals were not charged with terrorism or violent offenses.
The third piece resolved this weekend involved the U.S. and Iran settling a financial dispute dating back more than three decades.
"Of course, even as we implement the nuclear deal and welcome our Americans home, we recognize that there remain profound differences between the U.S. and Iran."
Cheryl Bolen, White House reporter
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