U.S. CONSIDERS SANCTIONS AGAINST JAPAN FOR WHALING VIOLATION

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 13, 2000 – ABC Australia)---The United States has banned Japanese fishing boats from U.S. waters and warned additional sanctions could be imposed on Japan for its violation of a moratorium on whaling.

"The President is directing the Secretary of State to inform the Japanese government that it will be denied future access to fishing rights in U.S. waters," White House chief of staff John Podesta said.

"The President is also directing the secretaries of Commerce, State, Treasury, Interior and the Trade representative to consider additional action that the U.S. might take, including possible trade sanctions and to report back over the next 60 days," Mr. Podesta said.

"The President feels strongly that we must act to uphold international protection that help bring back some of our earth's most majestic creatures."

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