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Biden threatens to review sanctions on Myanmar following coup

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President Biden threatened to review sanctions on Myanmar after the military seized power and detained elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi over the weekend.

Posted: Feb 1, 2021 12:57 PM

CNN--President Biden threatened to review sanctions on Myanmar after the military seized power and detained elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi over the weekend.

“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,” Biden said in a statement Monday.

He called the situation a “direct assault on the country’s transition to democracy and the rule of law,” and called on the international community to “press the Burmese military to immediately relinquish the power they seized.”

White House press secretary Jen Psaki was pressed on a section of the statement that says, "The United States is taking note of those who stand with the people of Burma in this difficult hour," and asked whether the suggestion was a warning to China specifically.

Psaki wouldn’t directly address the question, but rather, said it was “a message to all countries in the region and countries who will be asked to respond or to consider what the appropriate response will be in reaction to the events.”

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