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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-iv] Monday, February 23, 2004 Volume 40_Number 8 Pages 235 261 Contents 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. 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[[Page i]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents [[Page ii]] Addresses and Remarks See also Meetings With Foreign Leaders Florida, remarks in a discussion on the national economy in Tampa-- 236 Louisiana, military personnel at Fort Polk--244 National economy, remarks following a discussion--254 Radio address--235 Appointments and Nominations U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, statement--259 Communications to Congress Australia, letter transmitting intention to enter into a free trade agreement--235 Chemical Weapons Convention, letter reporting certification--247 Drug trafficking, letter transmitting report relating to the interdiction of aircraft engaged in illicit--259 Iraq, letter transmitting report--253 Interviews With the News Media Exchange with reporters in the Oval Office--253 Interview with Mouafac Harb of the Middle East Television Network-- 247 Meetings With Foreign Leaders Tunisia, President Ben Ali--253 Notices Notice of Intention To Enter Into a Free Trade Agreement With Australia--235 Statements by the President See Appointments and Nominations Supplementary Materials Acts approved by the President--261 Checklist of White House press releases--261 Digest of other White House announcements--260 Nominations submitted to the Senate--261 [[Page iv]] ? <GRAPHIC(S) NOT AVAILABLE IN TIFF FORMAT> [[Page 235]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 235] Monday, February 23, 2004 Volume 40_Number 8 Pages 235 261 Week Ending Friday, February 20, 2004 Notice--Notice of Intention To Enter Into a Free Trade Agreement With Australia February 13, 2004 Consistent with section 2105(a)(1)(A) of the Trade Act of 2002, I have notified the Congress of my intention to enter into a free trade agreement with the Government of Australia. Consistent with section 2105(a)(1)(A) of that Act, this notice shall be published in the Federal Register. George W. Bush The White House, February 13, 2004. [Filed with the Office of the Federal Register, 11:55 a.m., February 17, 2004] Note: This notice was published in the Federal Register on February 18. This item was not received in time for publication in the appropriate issue. <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 235] Monday, February 23, 2004 Volume 40_Number 8 Pages 235 261 Week Ending Friday, February 20, 2004 Letter to Congressional Leaders Transmitting a Notice of Intention To Enter Into a Free Trade Agreement With Australia February 13, 2004 Dear Mr. Speaker: (Dear Mr. President:) In accordance with section 2105(a)(1)(A) of the Trade Act of 2002 (the ``Trade Act''), I am pleased to notify the Congress of my intent to enter into a free trade agreement (FTA) with the Government of Australia. This agreement will create new opportunities for America's workers, farmers, businesses, and consumers by eliminating barriers in trade with Australia. Australia is already a major trade and investment partner of the United States, as well as one of the strongest and most dependable friends this country has ever had. This agreement will provide opportunities to further deepen this important relationship, for the mutual benefit of our two nations. Consistent with the Trade Act, I am sending this notification at least 90 days in advance of signing the United States-Australia FTA. My Administration looks forward to working with the Congress in developing appropriate legislation to approve and implement this free trade agreement. Sincerely, George W. Bush Note: Identical letters were sent to J. Dennis Hastert, Speaker of the House of Representatives, and Richard B. Cheney, President of the Senate. This item was not received in time for publication in the appropriate issue. <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 235-236] Monday, February 23, 2004 Volume 40_Number 8 Pages 235 261 Week Ending Friday, February 20, 2004 The President's Radio Address February 14, 2004 Good morning. On September the 11th, 2001, America and the world saw the great harm that terrorists could inflict upon our country, armed with box cutters, mace, and 19 airline tickets. Those attacks also raised the prospect of even worse dangers, of terrorists armed with chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear weapons. The possibility of secret and sudden attack with weapons of mass destruction is the greatest threat before humanity today. America is confronting this danger with open eyes and unbending purpose. America faces the possibility of catastrophic attack from ballistic missiles armed with weapons of mass destruction, so we are developing and deploying missile defenses to guard our people. The best intelligence is necessary to win the war on terror and to stop proliferation, so we are improving and adapting our intelligence capabilities for new and emerging threats. We are using every means of diplomacy to confront the regimes that develop deadly weapons. We are cooperating with [[Page 236]] more than a dozen nations under the Proliferation Security Initiative to interdict lethal materials transported by land, sea, or air. And we have shown our willingness to use force when force is required. No one can now doubt the determination of America to oppose and to end these threats to our security. We are aggressively pursuing another dangerous source of proliferation, black-market operatives who sell equipment and expertise related to weapons of mass destruction. The world recently learned of the network led by A.Q. Khan, the former head of Pakistan's nuclear weapons program. Khan and his associates sold nuclear technology and know-how to rogue regimes around the world, such as Iran and North Korea. Thanks to the tireless work of intelligence officers from the United States and the United Kingdom and other nations, the Khan network is being dismantled. This week, I proposed a series of new, ambitious steps to build on our recent success against proliferation. We must expand the international cooperation of law enforcement organizations to act against proliferation networks, to shut down their labs, to seize their materials, to freeze their assets, and to bring their members to justice. We must strengthen laws and international controls that fight proliferation. Last fall at the United Nations, I proposed a new Security Council resolution requiring all states to criminalize proliferation, enact strict export controls, and secure all sensitive materials within their borders. I urge the Council to pass these measures quickly. The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, one of the most important tools for preventing the spread of nuclear weapons, is undermined by a loophole that allows countries to seek nuclear weapons under the cover of civilian nuclear power programs. I propose that the world's leading nuclear exporters close that loophole. The Nuclear Suppliers Group should refuse to sell enrichment and reprocessing equipment and technologies to any state that does not already possess full scale, functioning enrichment and reprocessing plants. For international rules and laws to be effective, they must be enforced. We must ensure that the International Atomic Energy Agency is fully capable of exposing and reporting banned nuclear activity. Every nation should sign what is called the Additional Protocol, which would allow the IAEA to make broader inspections of nuclear sites. We should also establish a special IAEA committee to focus on safeguards and verification. And no nation under investigation for proliferation violations should be able to serve on this committee or on the governing board of the IAEA. Governments breaking the rules should not be trusted with enforcing the rules. Terrorists and terrorist states are in a race for weapons of mass murder, a race they must lose. They are resourceful. We must be more resourceful. They are determined. We must be more determined. We will never lose focus or resolve. We will be unrelenting in the defense of free nations and rise to the hard demands of our dangerous time. Thank you for listening. Note: The address was recorded at 10:55 a.m. on February 13 in the Cabinet Room at the White House for broadcast at 10:06 a.m. on February 14. The transcript was made available by the Office of the Press Secretary on February 13 but was embargoed for release until the broadcast. The Office of the Press Secretary also released a Spanish language transcript of this address.
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