Tags: US | Syria | Sanctions

US Hits Top Syrian Officials, Iran with Sanctions

Friday, 29 Apr 2011 01:25 PM

By Newsmax Wires

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration hit three top Syrian officials, Syria's intelligence agency, and Iran's Revolutionary Guard with sanctions over their brutal crackdown on pro-reform demonstrators in Syria.

The penalties announced today will freeze any assets that the officials, Syria's General Intelligence Directorate and the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps may have in U.S. jurisdictions and also bar Americans from doing business with them.

President Barack Obama signed the executive order authorizing the sanctions for repression and human rights abuses committed by Syrian authorities seeking to quell five weeks of protests, administration officials said. More than 450 people have been reported killed by activists.

The officials would not name the individuals to be penalized pending the formal release of Obama's executive order and an annex that will identify them. However, Syrian President Bashar Assad is not among those included in the annex. Assad could be named at a later date if the crackdown continues, they said. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity before the announcement.

Reuters reported that two of those named are relatives of Assad.

Although the sanctions are likely to have limited direct impact because none of the targets is believed to have any significant assets in U.S. banks, the officials said the move was aimed at sending a clear message to the Syrian people that those responsible for the crackdown are going to face consequences and no one in the Syrian leadership will be immune.

Syria is already under U.S. sanctions as it is designated a "state sponsor of terrorism" by the State Department. The new sanctions extend the penalties to individuals.

Iran and its Revolutionary Guard Corps are also under similar U.S. sanctions. The officials said the new designation for the Revolutionary Guard would add another layer of penalties and make clear that Washington believes it is providing material support to help Syrian authorities with the crackdown.

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Dow Falls 238 Points as Airline Shares Sink

Wednesday, 01 Oct 2014 13:10 PM

U.S. stocks declined, with the Russell 2000 Index approaching a correction, amid concern over weaker economies in Europe . . .

Newsmax Panel Discusses Alarming Security Breaches

Wednesday, 01 Oct 2014 17:15 PM

Secret Service agents may have their hands tied by federal laws that prevent them from properly protecting the president . . .

White House Intruder Pleads Not Guilty

Wednesday, 01 Oct 2014 16:27 PM

A knife-carrying U.S. Army veteran who jumped a fence and ran into the White House, triggering a ferocious debate about  . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved