The US Treasury Department imposed fresh sanctions against five branches of the Syrian Armed Forces, 18 senior Syrian officials and a tech company “in response to the use of chemical weapons” by the Syrian government.
Just several days before the inauguration of US President-elect Donald Trump, the US has announced new sanctions against 18 government officials, Syrian military and a tech company.
As the AP news agency reported on Saturday, citing a statement of the US State Department, the fresh sanctions were imposed “in response to the use of chemical weapons” by the Syrian government. However, the statement even did not specify cases and years, when the Syrian side allegedly used chemical weapons.
Reportedly, the US Treasury Department imposed sanctions against five branches of the Syrian Armed Forces: the Syrian Air Defense Forces, the Syrian Army, the Syrian Air Force, the Syrian Republican Guard and the Syrian Navy, as well as against 18 senior Syrian officials, accusing them of alleged links to Syrian military and “use of chemical weapons.”
A Syrian tech company was also accused by the statement of the US State Department of “importing advanced strategic technologies for surface-to-surface missile and rocket programs in Syria.”
“We condemn in the strongest possible terms the Syrian regime’s use of chemical weapons,” spokesman for the National Security Council, Ned Price, said.
According to the US State Department, the sanctions target “the assets of WMD proliferators and their supporters in an effort to curb the spread of WMD and protect the US financial system from being exploited by proliferators.” The statement also noted that the measures ban Americans to deal business with any of these individuals or entities, as well as freeze any assets they have in the US.
In September 2013, Syria became a full participant of the Convention on the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and signed a relevant document. Damascus gave up its remaining stockpile of chemical weapons, which were transported out of the country by UN inspectors for eventual destruction at sea. However, it seems that this fact, as well as lack of evidence of usage of chemical weapons by the Syrian government, means nothing for the US State Department.