Bush Extends Sanctions on Syria

(JTA) The Iran Nonproliferation Amendments Act of 2005, signed Tuesday, significantly toughens existing law by enabling sanctions against third parties or countries that deal with Syria. Currently, sanctions are limited to direct U.S.-Syria trade. President Bush may choose to suspend the provisions of the bill for now, but his administration has suggested in recent weeks that sanctions may be toughened because of Syria's failure to cooperate with a UN investigation into the murder of a former Lebanese prime minister, its alleged support for Iraqi insurgents, and its failure to shut down the Damascus offices of Palestinian terrorist groups.

2005-11-25 00:00:00

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