President Obama will extend national emergency against proliferation

U.S. President Barack Obama announced on Thursday that he will extend the national emergency regarding proliferation of weapons of mass destruction for an additional year to safeguard the U.S.

The national emergency began with Executive Order 12938 on November 14, 1994, when President Bill Clinton declared a national emergency with regard to the emerging threat to U.S. national security, economy and foreign legislature posed by the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. Weapons of mass destruction include nuclear, chemical and biological weapons.

The Executive Order was amended on July 28, 1998, and June 28, 2005, to increase U.S. capabilities to fight proliferation.

Obama said the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and the illicit trafficking of these weapons continue to pose a threat to the livelihood of the United States of America. Obama said the issue of proliferation of weapons of mass destruction threatens the national security, foreign governing and economy of the U.S.; a threat the President intends to counter.

Obama declared he will extend the national emergency under Executive Order 12938 for an additional year and will continue to do so as long as the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction continues to threaten the country.