For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
August 1, 2002
Presidential Letter on Iraq
Text of a Letter from the President to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President of the Senate
July 30, 2002
Dear Mr. Speaker: (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 Iraq emergency is to continue in
effect beyond August 2, 2002, to the Federal Register for publication.
The most recent notice continuing this emergency was published in the
Federal Register on August 1, 2001, (66 Fed Reg. 40105).
The crisis between the United States and Iraq that led to the
declaration of a national emergency on August 2, 1990, has not been
resolved. The Government of Iraq continues to engage in activities
inimical to stability in the Middle East and hostile to U.S.
interests. Such Iraqi actions pose a continuing unusual and
extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the
United States. For these reasons, I have determined that it is
necessary to continue the national emergency declared with respect to
Iraq and to maintain in force the broad authorities necessary to apply
economic pressure on the Government of Iraq.
GEORGE W. BUSH
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