Obama tells Congress he's renewing Syria sanctions

WASHINGTON Fri May 8, 2009 4:36pm EDT

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Friday he had renewed sanctions against Syria because it posed a continuing threat to U.S. interests.

Obama, in a letter to Congress notifying it of his decision, accused Damascus of "supporting terrorism, pursuing weapons of mass destruction and missile programs, and undermining U.S. and international efforts with respect to the stabilization and reconstruction of Iraq."

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