The United States plan to resume some arms sales to Bahrain despite concerns over human rights abuses.
U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said Washington still had concerns over Bahrain's "excessive use of force and tear gas by police."
She said none of the items Washington will ship to Bahrain could be used for crowd control.
Bahrain has been the site of protests since last year by the island's majority Shi'ites who are demanding more rights from the Sunni royal family.
The government has repressed the protests and prosecuted medical and hospital workers who have taken care of the injured.
Bahrain is a key military ally for Washington. The U.S. Navy's Fifth Fleet is based there.
Based on reporting by dpa and AP