Saturday 12 November 2011

U.S. puts Iceland on notice

United States President Barack Obama has decided not to impose trade sanctions on Iceland – for now.

In a measured response to a recommendation from US Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke for tough economic action [see News Item 30.07.2011], President Obama has sent a communiqué to the Icelandic Government clearly stating the US Government’s strong opposition to the continued taking of endangered fin whales.

The President said that he shared Secretary Locke’s concerns and has directed that the issue be raised by relevant US delegations attending meetings with Icelandic officials at home and in Iceland.

President Obama has also directed US Government agencies to investigate “other options for responding to continued whaling by Iceland”. This would include diplomatic, economic and trade actions that might be taken if Iceland takes fin whales next summer.


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