For Immediate Release
May 8, 2003
KEY POINTS: LIFTING U.S. SANCTIONS AGAINST IRAQ
President Bush has suspended the Iraq Sanctions Act of 1990 imposed by the United States against Iraq's old regime.
The U.S. has also suspended certain unilateral economic sanctions against Iraq as they begin the process of rebuilding their lives after more than two decades of brutal dictatorship.
At the President's request, the U.S. Treasury has issued four new general licenses permitting many transactions previously prohibited, including:
The regime that was once target of our economic sanctions has been extinguished, and our mission is to now rebuild Iraq. Lifting sanctions is an essential step in providing for the humanitarian and reconstruction needs of Iraq.
- Licenses allowing those interested in providing humanitarian aid to Iraq to begin doing so immediately;
- Personal remittances. Friends and family living in the U.S. are now able to contribute cash payments to any person in Iraq for up to $500 per month;
- Any activity paid for with U.S. government funds to fulfill our obligations under international law to the Iraqi people, including activities by contractors in support of those objectives;
- Privately funded Humanitarian activities by U.S. entities not specifically in support of government objectives are also permitted.
COALITION EFFORTS TO UNCOVER IRAQI WMD PROGRAMS
The Coalition has a comprehensive approach to identify, assess and eliminate Iraq's WMD programs and delivery systems. The effort is focused on:
- Interviewing and obtaining the cooperation of key Iraqi personnel;
- Accessing and assessing sensitive sites; and
- Obtaining and assessing key documents, computers, and other informational materials.
"As time goes by and the more we learn, I'm sure we're going to discover that the WMD programs are as extensive and as varied as the secretary of States reported in his February address."
Steve Cambone, Defense Department Press Briefing, 5/7/03
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