President Bush expanded sanctions against Zimbabwe on Friday, two weeks after failing to win U.N. support for them because of vetoes by Russia and China.
Bush ordered the new sanctions to intensify pressure on President Robert Mugabe, as well as his political supporters and government-connected businesses, following elections marred by violence and intimidation and widely denounced as fraudulent.
“No regime should ignore the will of its own people and calls from the international community without consequences,” Bush said in a statement that accompanied an executive order expanding the American sanctions.
The president's step came after a similar tightening of sanctions by the European Union, further isolating Mugabe's government, though to little immediate effect.
The U.S. has already imposed sanctions against Mugabe, Zimbabwe's leader for 28 years, as well as 129 other people and 35 businesses.
The order issued on Friday added 17 more businesses, which the Treasury Department said in a statement were used by Mugabe and his “regime cronies” to “illegally siphon revenue and foreign exchange from the Zimbabwean people.”