Statement by the President: International Whaling (9/13/00)
                              THE WHITE HOUSE

                       Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release                                     September 13,

                        STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT

     Following Secretary Mineta?s certification that Japan is undermining
international whaling protections with its expanded whaling program, I am
today directing that Japan be denied future access to fishing rights in
U.S. waters, and directing members of my Cabinet to consider additional
steps we might take, including possible trade sanctions.

     Strong international cooperation has allowed the recovery of many
whale species once pushed to the brink of extinction.  We must work to
ensure that these protections are upheld.  I hope that the steps we take
today will encourage Japan to reverse its actions and respect the strong
international consensus that has helped bring back some of Earth?s most
majestic creatures.


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