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Monday, February 16, 1998
 
Volume 34--Number 7
Pages 227-261
 
Contents

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Weekly Compilation of

Presidential

Documents



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Addresses and Remarks

    See also Appointments and Nominations; Resignations and Retirements
    Capitol Hill, departure for--235
    Ford's Theatre, festival--228
    Georgetown University--229
    Joint Democratic caucus--246
    Millennium lecture program--244
    Pennsylvania, American Association for the Advancement of Science in 
        Philadelphia--254
    Protocols of accession to NATO for Poland, Hungary, and the Czech 
        Republic--239
    Radio address--227
    Ron Brown Award for Corporate Leadership, presentation--238
    Surgeon General and Assistant Secretary for Health David Satcher, 
        swearing-in ceremony--252

Appointments and Nominations

    National Science Foundation, Director, remarks--254
    White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, Director, 
        remarks--254

Communications to Congress

    Nuclear weapons stockpile, letter transmitting annual 
        certification--246
    Protocols of accession to NATO for Poland, Hungary, and Czech 
        Republic, message transmitting--241

Communications to Federal Agencies

    Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organization, memorandum--234

Executive Orders

    Amendment to Executive Order 12656 (assignment of emergency 
        preparedness responsibilities)--234

Interviews With the News Media

    Exchange with reporters in the Roosevelt Room--252

Joint Statements

    U.S.-Bulgarian Partnership for a New Era--236

Letters and Messages

    Presidents' Day, message--251

Meetings With Foreign Leaders

    Bulgaria, President Stoyanov--236
    United Kingdom, Prime Minister Blair--227

Resignations and Retirements

    White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, Director, 
        remarks--254

Statements by the President

    Accident involving U.S. aircraft in the Persian Gulf--228
    Department of Health and Human Services, confirmation of David 
        Satcher as Surgeon General and Assistant Secretary for Health--
        236
    Line item veto, U.S. District Court decision--251
    Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt--244

Supplementary Materials

    Acts approved by the President--261
    Checklist of White House press releases--260
    Digest of other White House announcements--259
    Nominations submitted to the Senate--259

Editor's Note: The President was in Philadelphia, PA, on February 13, 
the closing date of this issue. Releases and announcements issued by the 
Office of the Press Secretary but not received in time for inclusion in 
this issue will be printed next week.



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Monday, February 16, 1998
 
Volume 34--Number 7
Pages 227-261
 
Week Ending Friday, February 13, 1998
 
The President's Radio Address


February 7, 1998

    President Clinton. Good morning. Today, I am pleased to be joined by 
an honored guest of our Nation, Prime Minister Tony Blair of the United 
Kingdom. We are speaking to you from the Map Room in the White House, 
where more than half a century ago, President Franklin Roosevelt and 
Prime Minister Winston Churchill charted our path to victory in World 
War II.
    As Eleanor Roosevelt said, that was no ordinary time. But neither is 
the new era we are entering. At home, we must prepare all our citizens 
to succeed in the information age. And abroad, we must not only take 
advantage of real new possibilities but combat a new nexus of threats, 
none more dangerous than chemical and biological weapons and the 
terrorists, criminals, and outlaw states that seek to acquire them.
    As we face the challenges of the 21st century, the alliance between 
the United States and the United Kingdom remains unshakable. I'd like to 
ask Prime Minister Blair to say a word about what we have achieved 
together this week.
    Prime Minister Blair. Thank you. And thank you for asking me to 
share in your weekly address to the American people.
    Britain and America have so much in common: language, values, belief 
in family and community, and a real sense of national pride. We share 
many problems, too, and it has been clear from our discussions that we 
are agreed, in general terms, about some of the solutions.
    You took the tough decisions needed for long-term economic 
stability. We are doing so. You have focused on education, welfare 
reform, a new approach to crime. So are we. Together, we are breaking 
down boundaries of left and right and creating a new politics of the 
radical center.
    But no issue has been more pressing in our discussions than the 
threat to world peace and stability posed by Saddam Hussein. I stand 
four square with you in our determination to bring Saddam into line with 
the agreement he made at the end of the Gulf war. This is a man who has 
already compiled sufficient chemical and biological weapons to wipe out 
the world's population.
    When he invaded Kuwait, people could see easily a wrong being 
committed. But what he is doing now, in continuing to defy the 
international community, in continuing to develop his program for 
weapons of mass destruction, is potentially far more dangerous. Simply, 
he must be stopped.
    We are pursuing all the diplomatic avenues open to us. But if they 
fail and force is the only way to get him into line, then force must be 
used. If that happens, Britain will be there, as we have been in the 
past, at the forefront in our determination to uphold international 
peace and security.
    President Clinton. Thank you, Mr. Prime Minister. On Iraq, as on so 
many issues, the United States and Britain speak with one voice.
    Since the end of the Gulf war, the United Nations inspectors in Iraq 
have done a remarkable job. They have found and destroyed 38,000 
chemical weapons, more than 100,000 gallons of the agents used in those 
weapons, 48 missiles, 30 warheads specially fitted for chemical and 
biological weapons, and a large plant for producing deadly biological 
agents on a massive scale.
    But their job is not yet done. Iraq continues to conceal chemical 
and biological weapons, and missiles that can deliver them. And Iraq has 
the capacity to quickly restart production of these weapons.
    The United States and Britain are determined to prevent Saddam 
Hussein from threatening the world with weapons of mass destruction 
again. Now, the best way to do that is to get the inspectors back on the 
job,

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with full and free access to all the sites, so they can root out 
whatever else needs to be destroyed and then continue to monitor suspect 
sites. It's up to Saddam to make that happen. If he doesn't, we must 
be--and we are--prepared to act. As we speak, the British aircraft 
carrier Invincible is patrolling the waters of the Persian Gulf with 
America's 5th Fleet. United with our allies abroad, we are also united 
here at home. I thank the many Republicans and Democrats who have 
expressed strong support for our stand against this menace to global 
security. No one should doubt our resolve.
    Throughout the 20th century, the alliance between the United States 
and Britain made all the difference between tyranny and freedom, chaos 
and security. Now, we are turning to face the challenges of a new 
century. And together, we will again prevail.
    Thanks for listening.

Note: The address was recorded at 6:40 p.m. on February 6 in the Map 
Room at the White House for broadcast at 10:06 a.m. on February 7. In 
his remarks, the President referred to President Saddam Hussein of Iraq.


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Monday, February 16, 1998
 
Volume 34--Number 7
Pages 227-261
 
Week Ending Friday, February 13, 1998
 
Statement on the Accident Involving United States Aircraft in the 
Persian Gulf

February 7, 1998

    Defending America's interests is difficult, dangerous work--and our 
men and women in uniform bear that burden every day. Nowhere is their 
service more important than in the Persian Gulf.
    I was saddened to learn that one of our Marine Corps F/A-18 pilots, 
Lieutenant Colonel Henry G. Van Winkle II, lost his life yesterday in 
the skies over the Persian Gulf. Lieutenant Colonel Van Winkle was there 
as part of America's commitment to back up our determined diplomacy with 
force as we work to prevent Saddam Hussein from threatening the world 
with weapons of mass destruction.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones--and with all our 
men and women in uniform around the world as they serve and sacrifice 
every day to keep Americans safe and America strong.


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Monday, February 16, 1998
 
Volume 34--Number 7
Pages 227-261
 
Week Ending Friday, February 13, 1998
 
Remarks at the Festival at Ford's Theatre

February 8, 1998

    Thank you very much, ladies and gentlemen. First let me say that 
Hillary and I, as always, have had a wonderful evening. We look forward 

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