American Pastor Saeed Abedini has been held for nearly three years in an Iranian jail.

He was sentenced to eight years for allegedly evangelizing in his homeland, but his supporters say he was only in Iran to start a secular orphanage.

His wife, Naghmeh Abedini, told Greta Van Susteren tonight that she was "grateful" President Barack Obama released a statement asking for her husband to be released. 

"It definitely brings more attention to Saeed's case," she said. "I was a little bit disappointed that it wasn't brought up in the video he made to Iran. It was I guess separated and released as a statement."

"The kids and I haven't seen Saeed for almost over a thousand days," Naghmeh shared. "Everyday it's been a struggle for the kids and I. It just doesn't make sense that it's taken so long."

She explained that she doesn't think the Obama administration has fully committed to bringing her husband home or else he would be released by now.

"It just doesn't make sense to me that he's not home yet," Naghmeh said. "There hasn't been enough pressure I guess to have Iran release him as a good faith effort...I think it is a priority, but I think if someone wanted Saeed home, it would have happened by now."

Naghmeh added that after nearly three years, "we're looking for action now, we're looking for him to be released instead of statement after statement...It's time to get him home."

She told Greta that it will be hard to get Saeed home if the United States doesn't strike a nuclear deal with Iran. 

"If this doesn't happen, I don't see how else we can get him home."

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