USA: More Sanctions, Pressure on Syria

Washington, Aug 18 (Prensa Latina) The U.S. government stepped up its pressure on Syria in the form of sanctions and a request from President Barack Obama for Syrian President Bachar el-Assad to resign immediately.

Obama made his statements shortly before leaving to vacation in a luxury resort, followed by sharp criticism for taking a break when the economy is in dire straits and unemployment is rising.

Obama’s remarks were followed by a declaration read by the Secretary of State Hillary Clinton saying the United States would tighten the noose of isolation around the Syrian president and his government with the declared purpose of overthrowing him.

U.S. authorities immediately ordered restrictions on the movements of Syrian diplomatic staff in Washington.

A freeze on assets, a ban on U.S. companies doing business in Syria and a ban on buying or selling oil products were among the new restrictions.

Obama and Clinton implied that the immediate strategy does not include military measures such as those used against Libya.

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