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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

New U.S. Sanctions For Sudan

WASHINGTON -- President George W. Bush hopes new U.S. economic sanctions will force the Sudanese government to quit blocking international efforts to end the bloodshed in Darfur.

Bush threatened to impose the new U.S. sanctions in a speech last month. But he decided to hold off to give the United Nations secretary-general more time to find a diplomatic end to the four-year crisis in Darfur, where more than 200,000 people have been killed.

Beyond the U.S. sanctions that Bush announced Tuesday, the president also will direct U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to propose a UN Security Council resolution to strengthen international pressure on the Sudanese government of President Omar al-Bashir, two administration officials said Monday night.

Bush says Bashir's actions over the past few weeks "follow a long pattern of promising cooperation while finding new methods of obstruction," a draft of the remarks showed.

The sanctions will prohibit more companies in Sudan from using the U.S. financial system, stiffen enforcement of existing sanctions, and target individuals suspected of fomenting violence, said the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Bush said the Sudanese government must stop opposing a joint UN-African Union force, quit supporting violent militias, and let humanitarian aid reach the people of Darfur.