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Letter from the President to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President of the Senate: Iraq (7/28/00)

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Immediate Release                             July 28, 2000

                           TO THE SPEAKER OF THE
                          PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE

                                 July 28, 2000

Dear Mr. Speaker:     (Dear Mr. President:)

Section 202(d) of the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C.1622(d)) provides
for the automatic termination of a national emergency unless, prior to the
anniversary date of its declaration, the President publishes in the Federal
Register and transmits to the Congress a notice stating that the emergency
is to continue in effect beyond the anniversary date.  In accordance with
this provision, I have sent the enclosed notice, stating that the Iraqi
emergency is to continue in effect beyond August 2, 2000, to the Federal
Register for publication.

The crisis between the United States and Iraq that led to the declaration
on August 2, 1990, of a national emergency has not been resolved.  The
Government of Iraq continues to engage in activities inimical to stability
in the Middle East and hostile to United States interests in the region.
Such Iraqi actions pose a continuing unusual and extraordinary threat to
the national security and foreign policy of the United States.  For these
reasons, I have determined that it is necessary to maintain in force the
broad authorities necessary to apply economic pressure on the Government of


                              WILLIAM J. CLINTON

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