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Biden imposes sanctions on Myanmar military leaders who directed coup


President Joe Biden announced Wednesday that he will impose sanctions on military leaders in Myanmar who directed the coup that deposed and detained its elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi, President Win Myint and others.


Biden also said the Myanmar’s “military must relinquish the power it seized” on Feb. 1, and to release its prisoners.


“We will identify a first round of targets this week, and we’re also going to impose strong exports controls,” Biden said in announcing two new executive orders related to the sanctions.

The president said he will bar Burmese generals from getting access to $1 billion in Myanmar funds being held in the United States.


Biden also said, “We’re freezing U.S. assets that benefit the Burmese government, while maintaining our support for health care, civil society groups and other areas that benefit the people of Burma directly.”


And he called on the military to refrain from using violence, as it has, against protestors exercising their democratic rights to object to the coup.


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