News

30 September 1997

TEXT: PRESIDENT EXTENDS EMERGENCY WITH RESPECT TO IRAN

(Says crisis between U.S., Iran has not been fully resolved) (580)



Washington -- President Clinton notified Congress on September 30 that
the emergency with respect to Iran, declared in 1979, is to continue
in effect beyond November 14, 1997.


"The crisis between the United States and Iran that began in 1979 has
not been fully resolved," the president said. "In these circumstances,
I have determined that it is necessary to maintain in force the broad
authorities that are in place by virtue of the November 14, 1979,
declaration of emergency and that are needed in the process of
implementing the January 1981 agreements with Iran."


Following are the texts of the president's letter to Congress and
notice to the Federal Register:


(Begin letter to Congress)



TO THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES:



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 beyond the
anniversary date. In accordance with this provision, I have sent the
enclosed notice, stating that the Iran emergency declared in 1979 is
to continue in effect beyond November 14, 1997, to the Federal
Register for publication. Similar notices have been sent annually to
the Congress and the Federal Register since November 12, 1980. The
most recent notice appeared in the Federal Register on October 31,
1996. This emergency is separate from that declared with respect to
Iran on March 15, 1995, in Executive Order 12957.


The crisis between the United States and Iran that began in 1979 has
not been fully resolved. The international tribunal established to
adjudicate claims of the United States and U.S. nationals against Iran
and of the Iranian government and Iranian nationals against the United
States continues to function, and normalization of commercial and
diplomatic relations between the United States and Iran has not been
achieved. In these circumstances, I have determined that it is
necessary to maintain in force the broad authorities that are in place
by virtue of the November 14, 1979, declaration of emergency and that
are needed in the process of implementing the January 1981 agreements
with Iran.


WILLIAM J. CLINTON



(End letter to Congress)



(Begin notice)



NOTICE



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CONTINUATION OF IRAN EMERGENCY



On November 14, 1979, by Executive Order 12170, the President declared
a national emergency to deal with the threat to the national security,
foreign policy, and economy of the United States constituted by the
situation in Iran. Notices of the continuation of this national
emergency have been transmitted annually by the President to the
Congress and the Federal Register. The most recent notice appeared in
the Federal Register on October 31, 1996. Because our relations with
Iran have not yet returned to normal, and the process of implementing
the January 19, 1981, agreements with Iran is still under way, the
national emergency declared on November 14, 1979, must continue in
effect beyond November 14, 1997. Therefore, in accordance with section
202(d) of the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1622(d)), I am
continuing the national emergency with respect to Iran. This notice
shall be published in the Federal Register and transmitted to the
Congress.


WILLIAM J. CLINTON



(End notice)