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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-ii] Monday, February 16, 1998 Volume 34--Number 7 Pages 227-261 Contents [[Page i]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents [[Page ii]] 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. WEEKLY COMPILATION OF ------------------------------ PRESIDENTIAL DOCUMENTS Published every Monday by the Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC 20408, the Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents contains statements, messages, and other Presidential materials released by the White House during the preceding week. The Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents is published pursuant to the authority contained in the Federal Register Act (49 Stat. 500, as amended; 44 U.S.C. Ch. 15), under regulations prescribed by the Administrative Committee of the Federal Register, approved by the President (37 FR 23607; 1 CFR Part 10). Distribution is made only by the Superintendent of Documents, Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402. The Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents will be furnished by mail to domestic subscribers for $80.00 per year ($137.00 for mailing first class) and to foreign subscribers for $93.75 per year, payable to the Superintendent of Documents, Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402. The charge for a single copy is $3.00 ($3.75 for foreign mailing). There are no restrictions on the republication of material appearing in the Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents. [[Page 227]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 227-228] 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, [[Page 228]] 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. <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 228] 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. <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 228] 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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