Message to the Congress
Reporting on the Prohibition of Imports From Iran
October 29, 1987
the Congress of the United States:
to section 505 of the International Security and Development Cooperation Act of
1985 (22 U.S.C. 2349aa - 9), I hereby report to the Congress that I have
exercised my constitutional and statutory authority to prohibit the importation
into the United States of all goods and
services of Iranian origin.
am enclosing a copy of the Executive Order that I have issued exercising this
authority. I have delegated to the Secretary of the Treasury the power, in
consultation with the Secretary of State, to carry out the provisions of the
have authorized these steps in response to the actions and policies of the
Government of Iran in support of terrorism and in the conduct of aggressive and
unlawful military action against U.S.-flag vessels and merchant vessels of
other non-belligerent nations engaged in lawful and peaceful commerce in
international waters of the Persian Gulf and territorial waters of
non-belligerent nations of that region. These Iranian actions and policies have
been supported in part by revenue earned from the sale of products imported
into the United States. The measures taken
pursuant to this Order are in response to such hostile Iranian actions
occurring after the conclusion of the 1981 Algiers Accords, and are intended
solely as a response to such action.
Iran was officially designated
under U.S. law in 1984 as a
country that has repeatedly supported acts of international terrorism, the United States has taken a number of
limited economic measures in response to hostile Iranian actions. These
measures have included export controls on items that would contribute to Iran's military potential
and its ability to support international terrorism.
Iran, however, not only has
continued but has escalated its aggressive acts against the United States. Iranian actions in the
have not only directly threatened U.S.-flag merchant vessels and U.S. forces but those of our
allies and other friendly states as well. These policies of the Government of
Iran have necessitated the further economic measures I have announced today.
United States calls upon the
Government of Iran to cease its support of terrorism and acts of aggression
directed at the United States and other nations both
in the Persian
and elsewhere. The United States calls upon other
nations to join us by taking similar measures. We must demonstrate by firm
political, economic, and other steps that the international community considers
the actions and policies of the Government of Iran unlawful and intolerable.
October 29, 1987.