February 26, 2011

U.S. President Barack Obama has signed an executive order that imposes unilateral sanctions on Libya, saying continued violence and unrest there poses an “unusual and extraordinary threat” to America’s national security and foreign policy.

The sanctions freeze all assets held by Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, his three sons, a daughter and members of his administration.  The president said the sanctions are designed to target the Gadhafi government, while protecting the assets of the Libyan people.

Meanwhile, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said that the U.S. welcomes Friday’s action by the U.N. Human Rights Council condemning human rights violations and violence committed by the Libyan government against its own people.

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