Obama renews sanctions on Syria

President Barack Obama Monday renewed US economic sanctions on Syria for another year.

Obama renews sanctions on Syria

President Barack Obama Monday renewed US economic sanctions on Syria for another year.

Monday's action marked the second renewal of the sanctions regime by Obama.

Obama said in a message to Congress renewing the sanctions imposed by former US president George W. Bush in 2004, that the Syrian government had made "some progress" in suppressing the infiltration of foreign fighters bound for Iraq.

But he added that its continuing support for "terrorist" organizations and pursuit of weapons of mass destruction and missile programs, continue to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States."

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton last week repeated Israeli accusations on Syria.

Her remarks followed claims by Israeli President Shimon Peres in April that Syria was supplying Hezbollah with Scud missiles.

But Syria has dismissed the accusations and warned Washington against taking Israel's claims seriously.

"As we have communicated to the Syrian government directly, Syrian actions will determine whether this national emergency is renewed or terminated in the future," Obama said.

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