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USIS Washington File

13 March 2000

Text: Clinton's Letter to Congress Regarding Iran National Emergency

(President continues emergency beyond March 15, 2000) (430)

President Clinton March 13 notified Congress that the national
emergency with respect to Iran declared March 15, 1995, is to continue
in effect beyond March 15, 2000.

"The factors that led me to declare a national emergency with respect
to Iran on March 15, 1995, have not been resolved," the President
said. "The actions and policies of the Government of Iran, including
support for international terrorism, its efforts to undermine the
Middle East peace process, and its acquisition of weapons of mass
destruction and the means to deliver them, continue to threaten the
national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States."

Following is the text of the President's letter to Congress:

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THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
(Aboard Air Force One)

March 13, 2000

TEXT OF A LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT TO THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF
REPRESENTATIVES AND THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE

March 13, 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 national emergency declared with
respect to Iran on March 15, 1995, pursuant to the International
Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701-1706) is to continue in
effect beyond March 15, 2000, to the Federal Register for publication.
This emergency is separate from that declared on November 14, 1979, in
connection with the Iranian hostage crisis and therefore requires
separate renewal of emergency authorities. The last notice of
continuation was published in the Federal Register on March 12, 1999.

The factors that led me to declare a national emergency with respect
to Iran on March 15, 1995, have not been resolved. The actions and
policies of the Government of Iran, including support for
international terrorism, its efforts to undermine the Middle East
peace process, and its acquisition of weapons of mass destruction and
the means to deliver them, continue to threaten the national security,
foreign policy, and economy of the United States.

Sincerely,

WILLIAM J. CLINTON

(Distributed by the Office of International Information Programs, U.S.
Department of State. Web site: usinfo.state.gov)