“By any measure, Muammar el-Qaddafi’s government has violated international norms and common decency and must be held accountable,” the statement read. “We will stand steadfastly with the Libyan people in their demand for universal rights, and a government that is responsive to their aspirations. Their human dignity cannot be denied.”
Earlier Friday, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said that more punitive measures against the Qaddafi regime were on the way. “The steps we take in the near future are not the only steps we are prepared to take, if further steps are necessary,” Carney said.
The last members of the U.S. embassy staff in Libya were evacuated Friday and the embassy building was shuttered, although the Obama administration still has not broken off relations with the Qaddafi regime or publicly called for Qaddafi to step down.
“The flag is still flying, the embassy is not closed, but operations are suspended,” said Undersecretary of State for Management Patrick Kennedy. “We did not break diplomatic relations.”
There’s no word yet on how the sanctions will affect the $100 million investment by Al-Saadi Qaddafi, one of the sons, in a film company that’s producing a movie entitles “The Ice Man: Confessions of a Mafia Contract Killer,” with Mickey Rourke.