White House: Government shutdown hampers US ability to enforce Iran, Syria sanctions

October 4, 2013 21:29

The White House said on Friday the Treasury Department office responsible for implementing US sanctions, including those against Iran and Syria, was unable to sustain its "core functions" because of worker furloughs caused by the federal government shutdown.

"That is a negative consequence of this wholly unnecessary decision by the House (of Representatives) Republicans to shut down the government," White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters.

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