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21 July 1999

Text: President Continues Iraq National Emergency

(Iraq's actions and policies pose threat to U.S. national security)
(530)

President Clinton notified Congress July 20 of his decision to
continue the national emergency with respect to Iraq beyond August 2,
1999.

"The Government of Iraq continues to engage in activities inimical to
stability in the Middle East and hostile to United States interests in
the region. Such Iraqi actions pose a continuing unusual and
extraordinary threat to the national security and vital foreign policy
interests of the United States," the President said.

Following are the White House texts of the President's notices to
Congress and to the Federal Register:

(begin text)

THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Press Secretary
July 21, 1999

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 in effect beyond the
anniversary date. In accordance with this provision I have sent the
enclosed notice, stating that the Iraqi emergency is to continue in
effect beyond August 2, 1999, to the Federal Register for publication.

The crisis between the United States and Iraq that led to the
declaration on August 2, 1990, of a national emergency has not been
resolved. The Government of Iraq continues to engage in activities
inimical to stability in the Middle East and hostile to United States
interests in the region. Such Iraqi actions pose a continuing unusual
and extraordinary threat to the national security and vital foreign
policy interests of the United States. For these reasons, I have
determined that it is necessary to maintain in force the broad
authorities necessary to apply economic pressure on the Government of
Iraq.

WILLIAM J. CLINTON
THE WHITE HOUSE,
July 20, 1999

(end text)

(begin notice to Federal Register)

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
July 21, 1999

NOTICE

CONTINUATION OF IRAQI EMERGENCY

On August 2, 1990, by Executive Order 12722, President Bush declared a
national emergency to deal with the unusual and extraordinary threat
to the national security and foreign policy of the United States
constituted by the actions and policies of the Government of Iraq. By
Executive Orders 12722 of August 2, 1990, and 12724 of August 9, 1990,
the President imposed trade sanctions on Iraq and blocked Iraqi
government assets. Because the Government of Iraq has continued its
activities hostile to United States interests in the Middle East, the
national emergency declared on August 2, 1990, and the measures
adopted on August 2 and August 9, 1990, to deal with that emergency
must continue in effect beyond August 2, 1999. 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 Iraq.

This notice shall be published in the Federal Register and transmitted
to the Congress.

WILLIAM J. CLINTON

THE WHITE HOUSE,
July 20, 1999

(end notice to Federal Register)