Administration supports an extension of the Iran and Libya Sanctions
Act (ILSA), as called for in H.R. 1954, but continues to favor a simple
two-year, rather than five-year extension. The Administration's support
for a two-year extension reflects the view that sanctions should be
reviewed frequently to assess their effectiveness and continued suitability.
The Administration appreciates the opportunity provided by H.R. 1954
to present a report to Congress detailing the Administration's views
on the efficacy of continuing or modifying these sanctions.
Administration shares Congress' concerns about the objectionable
policies and behavior of Iran and Libya. These concerns continue
to be reflected in a variety of policies the Administration has
adopted, in Executive orders, in public statements, and in the leading
role the United States plays in multilateral nonproliferation regimes.