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Secretary of State George Shultz announces that the State Department has designated Iran as a state sponsor of international terrorism. (PBS 2000) As of mid-2008, Iran is still designated as a terrorism sponsor.

Secretary of State Warren Christopher calls Iran “the world’s most significant state sponsor of terrorism.” (Hedges et al. 11/6/1994)

US Secretary of State Warren Christopher reaffirms the United State’s commitment to its 24-year-old pledge (see June 12, 1978) not to use nuclear weapons against non-nuclear states. He says, “The United States reaffirms that it will not use nuclear weapons against non-nuclear-weapon States Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons except in the case of an invasion or any other attack on the United States, its territories, its armed forces or other troops, its allies, or on a State toward which it has a security commitment, carried out or sustained by such a non-nuclear-weapon States in association or alliance with a nuclear-weapon State.” (Kralev 2/22/2002; Arms Control Association 3/2002)

Former Reagan administration cabinet member James Baker, leading the Bush campaign’s legal challenges to the Florida recount process (see After 3:30 a.m. November 8, 2000), makes public statements recommending that the Gore campaign drop its advocacy of the recounts and accept the 5:00 p.m. tallies (see Evening, November 14, 2000). A senior advisor to the Gore campaign, former Secretary of State Warren Christopher, declines, saying, “That’s like offering you the sleeves from your vest.” (Whitman et al. 12/13/2000)


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