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USIS Washington File

13 March 2000

Text: President Continues National Emergency with Respect to Iran


(Iran's actions and policies continue to threaten U.S. security) (440)

President Clinton March 13 continued beyond March 15, 2000, the
national emergency with respect to Iran that was declared on March 15,
1995.

"The actions and policies of the Government of Iran continue to
threaten the national security, foreign policy and economy of the
United States," Clinton said in a notice issued Aboard Air Force One
by the Office of the Press Secretary.

The National Emergency of March 15, 1995, was declared to deal with
the Government of Iran's support for international terrorism, efforts
to undermine the Middle East peace process, and acquisition of weapons
of mass destruction and the means to deliver them.

Following is the text of the President's notice:

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March 13, 2000

NOTICE

THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Press Secretary
(Aboard Air Force One)

For Immediate Release
March 13, 2000

NOTICE

CONTINUATION OF IRAN EMERGENCY

On March 15, 1995, by Executive Order 12957, I declared a national
emergency with respect to Iran pursuant to the International Emergency
Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701-1706) to deal with the threat to
the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United
States constituted by the actions and policies of the Government of
Iran, including its support for international terrorism, efforts to
undermine the Middle East peace process, and acquisition of weapons of
mass destruction and the means to deliver them. On May 6, 1995, I
issued Executive Order 12959 imposing more comprehensive sanctions to
further respond to this threat, and on August 19, 1997, I issued
Executive Order 13059 consolidating and clarifying these previous
orders. The last notice of continuation was published in the Federal
Register on March 12, 1999.

Because the actions and policies of the Government of Iran continue to
threaten the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the
United States, the national emergency declared on March 15, 1995, must
continue in effect beyond March 15, 2000. 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.
Because the emergency declared by Executive Order 12957 constitutes an
emergency separate from that declared on November 14, 1979, by
Executive Order 12170, this renewal is distinct from the emergency
renewal of November 1999. This notice shall be published in the
Federal Register and transmitted to the Congress.

WILLIAM J. CLINTON

THE WHITE HOUSE,
March 13, 2000

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