Biden threatens sanctions, weighs ‘coup’ label for Myanmar military’s takeover

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Biden threatens sanctions
Biden threatens sanctions, weighs 'coup' label for Myanmar military's takeover

President Joe Biden on Monday threatened new sanctions on Myanmar after its military staged a coup and arrested the civilian leaders of its government, including Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi.

The coup in Myanmar, also known as Burma, has also been roundly condemned internationally.

Biden assailed the country’s army for the coup, calling it a “direct assault on the country’s transition to democracy and rule of law.”

Biden condemned the detention of elected leader and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi as “a direct assault on the country’s transition to democracy and the rule of law

“The United States removed sanctions on Burma over the past decade based on progress toward democracy,” Biden said in a statement. “The reversal of that progress will necessitate an immediate review of our sanction laws and authorities, followed by appropriate action. The United States will stand up for democracy wherever it is under attack.”

The coup also brought rare policy alignment between Biden’s Democrats and top Republicans as they denounced the military takeover and called for consequences.

“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.

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

Biden called on the military in Myanmar to lift all restrictions on telecommunications and to refrain from violence against civilians.