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USIS Washington File

15 March 2000

Text: President Signs into Law "Iran Nonproliferation Act of 2000"

(Bill aims to combat Iran's WMD and missile delivery efforts) (430)

President Clinton March 14 signed into law H.R. 1883, the "Iran
Nonproliferation Act of 2000."

Under the bill, penalties are imposed on countries whose companies
provide assistance to Iran in its efforts to acquire weapons of mass
destruction (WMD) and missile delivery systems. "In the case of
Russian entities' cooperation with Iran, we have imposed penalties ten
times in the past and stand ready to apply them again whenever
necessary," the President said in a statement released March 14.

Following is the text of the White House statement:

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THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary

March 14, 2000

STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT

Today I have signed into law H.R. 1883, the "Iran Nonproliferation Act
of 2000."

I fully share the Congress' objective of promoting nonproliferation
and combating Iran's efforts to acquire weapons of mass destruction
(WMD) and missile delivery systems. This issue remains at the top of
the agenda with Russia as well as with other countries whose companies
may be providing such assistance to Iran. In the case of Russian
entities' cooperation with Iran, we have imposed penalties ten times
in the past and stand ready to apply them again whenever necessary.

The expansive reporting requirements in this bill in many ways
duplicate existing laws, and my Administration will work with the
Congress to rationalize these overlapping reporting requirements. We
will also seek to rationalize the reporting requirements relating to
certain transfers in instances where those transfers are legal under
the applicable foreign laws and consistent with the guidelines of the
applicable multilateral export control regime.

This bill, as amended, is less problematic than the earlier version
that passed the House and will not harm our efforts to halt
international cooperation with Iran's WMD and missile programs.
Therefore, I have signed H.R. 1883.

I want to make it clear that Russia continues to be a valued partner
in the International Space Station (ISS). H.R. 1883 requires certain
determinations for purchases from Russia related to the ISS, but does
not affect Russia's important role as an ISS partner. My
Administration will also continue to work closely with the General
Director of the Russian Aviation and Space Agency in his role as
Special Representative on nonproliferation.

WILLIAM J. CLINTON

THE WHITE HOUSE,
March 14, 2000.

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