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DATE=12/5/97

TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT

NUMBER=2-223750

TITLE=E-U / IRAN (L)

BYLINE=DEBORAH TATE

DATELINE=WHITE HOUSE

CONTENT=

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INTRO:   A WHITE HOUSE MEETING FRIDAY BETWEEN PRESIDENT CLINTON 

AND THE LEADERS OF THE EUROPEAN UNION CONCLUDED WITH LITTLE 

PROGRESS TOWARD BRIDGING THEIR DIFFERENCES OVER POLICY TOWARD 

IRAN.   V-O-A'S WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT DEBORAH TATE REPORTS.



                      



TEXT:   AT ISSUE IS A U-S LAW THAT PENALIZES COMPANIES THAT 

INVEST IN IRAN, WHICH THE UNITED STATES BELIEVES SUPPORTS 

STATE-SPONSORED TERRORISM. 



THE E-U OPPOSES THE MEASURE, ARGUING IT WOULD ALLOW THE UNITED 

STATES TO IMPOSE ITS POLICIES BEYOND ITS SHORES.     



THE FIRST TEST OF THE LAW COULD COME WITH THE CASE OF THE FRENCH 

ENERGY FIRM TOTAL, WHICH HAS SIGNED A CONTRACT WITH IRAN TO 

INVEST IN NATURAL GAS EXPLORATION.



U-S NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL AIDE DON BANDLER SAYS MR. CLINTON 

HAS NOT YET DECIDED WHETHER TO IMPOSE SANCTIONS ON THE COMPANY.  

BUT HE SAYS THE PRESIDENT SOUGHT SUPPORT FROM E-U LEADERS FOR 

EFFORTS TO CONTAIN IRAN.



                         // BANDLER ACTUALITY //



         HE EMPHASIZED HIS STRONG CONCERN ABOUT IRAN'S EFFORTS TO

         ACQUIRE  WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION AND IRAN'S SUPPORT 

         FOR TERRORISM.  HE CALLED ON THE EUROPEAN UNION TO JOIN 

         US IN ADDITIONAL STEPS AIMED AT ADDRESSING THIS SERIOUS 

         AND IMPORTANT PROBLEM.



                        // END ACT //       



THE MEETING BETWEEN MR. CLINTON AND THE E-U LEADERS ALSO DID 

LITTLE TO RESOLVE AN IMPASSE OVER ANOTHER ISSUE -- GREENHOUSE GAS

EMISSIONS.



ALTHOUGH THE UNITED STATES OPPOSES THE DEEP REDUCTIONS IN 

EMISSIONS ADVOCATED BY THE E-U, MR. CLINTON EXPRESSED CAUTIOUS 

OPTIMISM THAT A COMPROMISE COULD BE REACHED AT TALKS UNDERWAY IN 

KYOTO, JAPAN.



WHILE THERE WERE DISAGREEMENTS OVER IRAN AND GLOBAL WARMING, THE 

TWO SIDES DID AGREE ON OTHER ISSUES.  THEY SIGNED AN ACCORD TO 

BOOST SCIENCE COOPERATION, AND THEY AGREED TO WORK TOGETHER TO 

PROMOTE REFORM IN UKRAINE.  (SIGNED)







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05-Dec-97 7:23 PM EST (0023 UTC)

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Source: Voice of America

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