US sanctions dozens including Assad wife in new Syria campaign
He called the sanctions "the beginning of what will be a sustained campaign of economic and political pressure to deny the Assad regime revenue and support it uses to wage war and commit mass atrocities against the Syrian people."
Pompeo was announcing the coming into force of the Caesar Act, which punishes any companies that work with Assad and has already shaken the fragile Syrian economy.
Under the law, any assets in the United States will be frozen.
Pompeo in his statement charged that Asma al-Assad, with the support of her husband and family, "has become one of Syria's most notorious war profiteers."