The US State Department said in a statement that the country has imposed new sanctions against the Syrian military, 18 government officials and a tech company, just on the cusps of Donald Trump entering the White House.
The reason cited was “in response to the use of chemical weapons” by the Syrian government, without any solid evidence being provided.
The military branches hit with the latest bout of sanctions are: the Syrian Arab Air Force, Syrian Arab Air Defense Forces, Syrian Arab Army, Syrian Arab Navy and Syrian Arab Republican Guard.
The State Department statement, issued on Thursday, further attributed the sanctioned Syrian tech company to “importing advanced strategic technologies for surface-to-surface missile and rocket programs in Syria,” the report added.
“We condemn in the strongest possible terms the Syrian regime’s use of chemical weapons,” said the spokesman for the National Security Council, Ned Price.
The sanctions are supposedly meant to 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”.