The Obama administration says it has sanctioned a Syrian technologies company that is boosting the Syrian government's ballistic missile program, according to a statement released by the National Security Committee on Thursday.
The US Treasury imposed these new sanctions on Syria and 18 senior individuals linked to the Assad regime. The State Department said the Organization for Technological Industries has a primary mission of importing advanced strategic technologies for surface-to-surface missile and rocket programs in Syria.
The government says the firm is also involved in furthering Syria's ballistic missile program.
The spokesman for the National Security Council, Ned Price, says that the order to sanction the technologies company "is the first time the United States is sanctioning specific Syrian officials in connection with Syria's violation of the Chemical Weapons Convention."
Price says, "we condemn in the strongest possible terms the Syrian regime's use of chemical weapons."
Here is the full statement from NSC spokesperson Ned Price on sanctions.
An investigation by the United Nations and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) found that Syrian government forces were responsible for three chlorine gas attacks and that Islamic State militants had used mustard gas, according to reports seen by Reuters in August and October.
Syria agreed to destroy its chemical weapons in 2013 under a deal brokered by Moscow and Washington.
In this photo protestors stand up against violence in Syria, in Paris on April 17, 2012. International sanctions targeting Syria's regime have depleted its financial reserves by half.
--The Associated Press contributed to this report.
WATCH | For more news you need, check out our PM 60 Second Circa.