The State Department on Tuesday designated Salah Abdeslam, the only surviving suspect in November's Paris terror attacks, as a "global terrorist."
Under United States law, the designation means any assets held by Abdeslam in U.S. jurisdictions are now frozen. Americans are also forbidden from doing business with him.
"Belgian-born French citizen Salah Abdeslam is an operative for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant," the State Department order said of the 26-year-old. Abdeslam was arrested in Belgium nearly three weeks ago, four days before the deadly Brussels terror attacks.
The Nov. 13 coordinated attacks in Paris killed 130 people and left more than 360 more injured.
"Today's action further notifies the U.S. public and the international community that Abdeslam was actively engaged in terrorism," the State Department said. "Terrorism designations is one of the ways the United States can expose and isolate organizations and individuals engaged in terrorism, impose serious sanctions on them, and enable coordinated action across the U.S. government and with our international partners to disrupt the activities of terrorists."
According to reports, Abdeslam told his brother Mohamed Abdeslam from prison in northwestern Belgium that he "voluntarily chose" not to blow himself up in the November attacks at the Stade de France stadium because he did not want more victims.
"If I wanted, there would have been more victims," Salah told his brother. "Luckily, I did not follow through."