US Vows to Impose New Sanctions on Myanmar Junta
United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the U.S has planned to introduce new measures to force the Myanmar junta to yield to a “democratic trajectory”. This is coming as anxiety continues to grow over mounting crackdown on dissent.
Myanmar has been in pandemonium since February 1 when Aung San Suu Kyi’s civilian government was ousted by the military.
The United States had imposed some sanctions and regional bloc, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations drew up a peace road-map, but there are serious doubts about the generals’ commitment.
Blinken made the statement while speaking during a visit to Malaysia where several ASEAN states have strongly criticised the coup.
Blinken added that the “situation has not improved”.
“I think it is going to be very important in the weeks and months ahead to look at what additional steps and measures we can take collectively to pressure the regime to put the country back on a democratic trajectory,” he said.
“That is something that we are looking at,” he added, without saying what the measures might be.
TOS NEWS reported on December 6 how Aung San Suu Kyi was sentenced to four years in prison; the first in a series of possible verdicts that could see the Nobel laureate imprisoned for decades.
A court found her guilty of incitement against the military and breaching COVID-19 restrictions.
The deposed leader and most senior leaders of her National League for Democracy (NLD) party have been detained since a Feb 1 coup that halted the country’s brief period of democracy.
The US and Britain had in March announced sanctions against a huge military-owned conglomerate in Myanmar as security forces continued to launch brutal crackdowns against anti-coup protesters; the United Nations had also condemned the junta, but international condemnation has so far done little to quell the situation.