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Monday, February 23, 2004
Volume 40_Number 8
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Weekly Compilation of



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 Addresses and Remarks

    See also Meetings With Foreign Leaders
    Florida, remarks in a discussion on the national economy in Tampa--
    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 
    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--

Meetings With Foreign Leaders

    Tunisia, President Ben Ali--253


    Notice of Intention To Enter Into a Free Trade Agreement With 

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

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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 

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, 

Note: This notice was published in the Federal Register on February 18. 
This item was not received in time for publication in the appropriate 

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Monday, February 23, 2004
Volume 40_Number 8
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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 
    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 
                                                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.

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Monday, February 23, 2004
Volume 40_Number 8
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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

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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 
    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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