|Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright
Remarks on New Economic Sanctions Against Sudan
State Department Briefing Room
Washington, DC, November 4, 1997
As released by the Office of the Spokesman
U.S. Department of State
SECRETARY ALBRIGHT: Good afternoon. I am here to announce that the United States has imposed sweeping new economic sanctions against the government of Sudan because of its continued sponsorship of international terror, its effort to destabilize neighboring countries, and its abysmal record on human rights -- including religious persecution.
Under an executive order signed yesterday by President Clinton, pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, Sudanese Government assets in the United States are now blocked. United States trade with Sudan is prohibited, as are most financial transactions between the United States and the government of Sudan.
We take these steps because the government of Sudan has failed to respond to repeated expressions of concern, or to the imposition of lesser sanctions. Instead, it has earned international condemnation by persisting in its objectionable policies, causing us to conclude that more dramatic action is required.
I stress that the new sanctions are targeted against the government of Sudan. They are not designed, nor are they expected to add to the hardships faced by Sudanese civilians. Since 1988, the United States has provided more than $650 million in humanitarian assistance to the victims of Sudan's civil war. And under the executive order and the licensing system it will put in place, humanitarian, diplomatic and journalistic activities will continue.
The purpose of the sanctions is to deprive the regime in Khartoum of the financial and material benefits of US trade and investment, including investment in Sudan's petroleum sector. To ensure flexibility, the Administration will consider issuing licenses on a case-by-case basis for activities that are in the US interest.
I hope that the President's action will contribute to a fundamental change of policy and behavior on the part of the Sudanese Government. We appreciate and share the concern that many members of Congress have expressed regarding this issue, and we will continue to consult closely with the Congress as we implement our policies of opposition to terrorism and support for democracy, law and human rights around the world.
Thank you all very much.
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