April 25th, 2011
07:00 PM ET

U.S. stepping up pressure against Syria with new sanctions

By CNN Senior State Department Producer Elise Labott

Washington (CNN) - The U.S. is preparing new sanctions against members of the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad who are overseeing the violent crackdown against protesters, according to several senior U.S. officials with knowledge of the action.

Dan Lothian's report: Obama mulls next steps in Syria

A new Treasury Department executive order targeting senior officials accused of human rights abuses would involve an asset freeze and travel ban, as well as prohibiting them them from doing business in the United States.

On Monday, National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor said the United States is "pursuing a range of possible policy options, including targeted sanctions, to respond to the crackdown and make clear that this behavior is unacceptable."

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  1. Tol Trunks

    Bashar al-Assad will protect his country, so will the Lord. Syria will be invulnerable from an bombardment or assault. They have the David Shield. Problems will be within the country. Sunset Blvd should run this report because they are aware of the matter. 2-3-2012.

    April 26, 2011 at 6:41 pm |