US Imposes New Syria Sanctions

Christine Rousselle
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Posted: Apr 24, 2017 1:55 PM
US Imposes New Syria Sanctions

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin announced on Monday that the United States has imposed sanctions on 271 Syrian employees in response to the sarin gas

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin says the US imposed sanctions against 271 Syrian employees over the sarin attack https://t.co/fAq6IGcn8V

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The target of the sanctions are 271 employees of the Syrian government agency that develops and produces "non-conventional weapons" and ways to deliver them. These specific employees had previously worked with chemical weapons programs and had "expertise" in chemistry and other fields.

Mnuchin said that the sanctions are some of the largest ever executed by the Office of Foreign Asset Control, and more than doubles the number of people and entities subject to sanctions since the Syrian conflict began.