White House threatens "additional steps" against Syria

Other News Materials 7 May 2011 04:17 (UTC +04:00)

White House on Friday threatened to take "additional steps" against Syria if its government does not show "significant change" in its approach to protests, said a statement released by its press secretary.

The statement said the U.S. "strongly condemn" and "deplore" the Syrian government's use of violence and mass arrests in response to ongoing demonstrations, Xinhua reported.

White House said it has been made "abundantly clear" that the Syrian government's security crackdown will not restore stability and will not stop the demands for change in Syria.

"It is also clear that false reform announcements, such as ending the emergency law but then expanding the scope of arrests without even the pretense of judicial warrants, also do not satisfy the demand for change in Syria," it said.