Biden threatens sanctions after Myanmar military coup

TEHRAN, Feb. 02 (MNA) – US President Joe Biden on Monday threatened to reimpose sanctions on Myanmar following a coup by the country’s military leaders.

Joe Biden on Monday threatened to reimpose sanctions on Myanmar following a coup by the country’s military leaders and called for a concerted international response to push them into relinquishing power, Aljazeera reported.

Biden condemned the military’s takeover from the civilian-led government on Monday and its detention of the country’s elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi as “a direct assault on the country’s transition to democracy and the rule of law”.

“The international community should come together in one voice to press the Burmese military to immediately relinquish the power they have seized, release the activists and officials they have detained,” Biden said in a statement.

“The United States removed sanctions on Burma over the past decade based on progress toward democracy. The reversal of that progress will necessitate an immediate review of our sanction laws and authorities, followed by appropriate action,” he said.

Biden warned the US was “taking note of those who stand with the people of Burma in this difficult hour.”

“We will work with our partners throughout the region and the world to support the restoration of democracy and the rule of law, as well as to hold accountable those responsible for overturning Burma’s democratic transition,” he said.

Myanmar’s military seized power on Monday in a coup against the government of Aung San Suu Kyi, who was detained along with other political leaders in early morning raids.

The United Nations also called for the release of all those detained, Dujarric said. He said Guterres's special envoy on Myanmar, Christine Schraner Burgener, “remains actively engaged” and is likely to brief the Security Council.

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