US bans Syrian oil imports

Later Thursday morning, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called on other countries to broaden their sanctions of Syria.

“We will also continue to work with the international community, because if the Syrian people are to achieve their goals, other nations will have to provide support and take actions as well,” Clinton said.

“In just the past two weeks many of Syria's own neighbors and partners in the region have joined the chorus of condemnation. We expect that they and other members of the international community will amplify the steps we are taking, both through their words and their actions.”

European Union ambassadors were slated to meet Friday to discuss imposing new sanctions on Syria, including restricting oil imports, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Clinton has ratcheted up pressure on other countries to boycott Syrian oil in recent weeks.