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Arms embargo urged against Syria

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton called Thursday for the U.N. Security Council to adopt a global arms embargo and other tough measures against Syria to reinforce existing Western embargoes if the country fails to abide by a cease-fire designed to end 13 months of bloodshed.

Clinton stopped short of calling for outside military intervention in Syria -- something there is little to no foreign appetite for -- and acknowledged Russia and China would likely veto any U.N. measure. But she insisted it was time to impose more consequential measures on Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime. "We have to keep Assad off balance by leaving options on the table," she said at a Paris meeting of top Western and Arab diplomats.

Clinton's address made it clear the United States has little faith in the success of special envoy Kofi Annan's six-point peace plan.