U.S. extends sanctions on Syria for additional year

08:24, May 04, 2010      

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Photo taken on May 3, 2010 shows U.S. President Barack Obama attending a ceremony to present the Commander in Chief trophy to the U.S. Naval Academy football team at the White House in Washington D.C.. Blaming Syria of posing "extraordinary threat" to U.S. security, Barack Obama on Monday extended sanctions on Syria for another year. (Xinhua/Zhang Jun)

Blaming Syria of posing " extraordinary threat" to U.S. security, President Barack Obama on Monday declared an extension of sanctions on Syria for another year.

In a letter to U.S. Congress, President Obama told lawmakers that he has decided to make the National Emergency on Syria, which will be expired on May 11, continue in effect for one year.

"Its actions and policies, including continuing support for terrorist organizations and pursuit of weapons of mass destruction and missile programs, pose a continuing unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States," said Obama in the letter.

"It is necessary to continue in effect the national emergency declared with respect to this threat and to maintain in force the sanctions to address this national emergency." According to Obama, the Syrian government has been noticed that whether U.S. sanctions are renewed or terminated in the future will be depended on Damascus' actions.

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