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President Obama: US working to free prisoners in Iran

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President Obama: US working to free prisoners in Iran

WASHINGTON (AP) – Here are the latest developments involving the agreement between the United States, Iran and world powers to limit the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program (all times EDT): 2:25 p.m. President Barack Obama says his administration is “working every day” to try to free the four American citizens currently imprisoned in Iranian jails. At […]

President Obama: US working to free prisoners in Iran

WASHINGTON (AP) – Here are the latest developments involving the agreement between the United States, Iran and world powers to limit the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program (all times EDT):

2:25 p.m.

President Barack Obama says his administration is “working every day” to try to free the four American citizens currently imprisoned in Iranian jails.

At a press conference, Obama said “the notion that I am content as I celebrate with American citizens languishing in Iranian jails – that’s nonsense.” He added: “Nobody is content.”
Obama said the U.S. did not include the status of the jailed Americans in the nuclear talks because it would have made it more difficult to walk away from a bad deal. He said he didn’t want to encourage Iran to use the prisoners for leverage.

2:11 p.m.

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has sent a letter thanking his country’s nuclear negotiators, though he warns the deal must be scrutinized.

Khamenei, who holds the final word on all state matters, wrote that some of the countries involved in Tuesday’s landmark deal in Vienna “are not trustworthy at all.”

He wrote: “It’s necessary to put the text of the deal to scrutiny.” He said any possible problems in the text “have to be taken care of and blocked.”

Khamenei’s letter, sent Wednesday, was posted on his official website and carried by Iran’s state-run IRNA news agency.

2:04 p.m.

In Iran, viewers watching state television didn’t get to see President Barack Obama’s news conference on Wednesday, which many news networks around the world carried live.

Typically, Iranian state TV doesn’t show U.S. or Israeli leaders. On Tuesday, however, after the nuclear deal was reached in Vienna, state television carried Obama’s remarks live, an incredibly rare occurrence. That’s only happened once earlier in 2013 after a preliminary nuclear deal was reached.

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