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The Iran Primer

Obama to Continue Iran’s National Emergency Status

            On November 9, President Barack Obama officially notified Congress that the White House will continue the national emergency status of Iran. The following is an excerpt from his letter with links to the two formal notifications.

            Our relations with Iran have not yet returned to normal, and the process of implementing the agreements with Iran, dated January 19, 1981, is still under way. For these reasons, I have determined that it is necessary to continue the national emergency declared on November 14, 1979, with respect to Iran, beyond November 14, 2012.
 
Sincerely,
 
BARACK OBAMA
 
Click here for Obama’s notice to Speaker of the House of Representatives.
Click here for Obama’s notice to the Senate.
 

 

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