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White House considering targeted sanctions on Syria

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • Carney says possible sanctions are among options being considered
  • The Syrian people should not be attacked for expressing grievances, Carney says

Washington (CNN) -- The United States is considering targeted sanctions among "a range of possible options" to pressure the Syrian government to stop attacking protesters, White House spokesman Jay Carney said Monday.

"We are very concerned about it, as a number of countries are, and we are looking at a variety of options including targeted sanctions," Carney told reporters.

Carney said that the rights of the Syrian people should be respected, and they should not be attacked and killed for expressing their grievances.

"What we have seen is that sanctions can put pressure on governments and regimes to change their behavior," Carney said.