United States President Joe Biden has threatened to re-impose sanctions on Myanmar.
Biden’s warning to the Myanmar comes after the Country’s military (Tatmadaw) staged a coup on Monday, sieging power by detaining de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi and several other top leaders of the National League for Democracy (NLD) Government.
Biden warned Myanmar’s military to relinquish power immediately.
Biden also ordered a review to consider re-imposing sanctions on Myanmar, which were lifted during the nation’s transition to democracy a decade back.
“The military’s seizure of power in Burma (Myanmar), the detention of Aung San Suu Kyi and other civilian officials, and the declaration of a national state of emergency are a direct assault on the Country’s transition to democracy and the rule of law,” US President Joe Biden said.
“The United States removed sanctions on Burma over the past decade based on progress toward democracy,” he said.
The US President further urged the international community to 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”.
“The reversal of that progress will necessitate an immediate review of our sanction laws and authorities, followed by appropriate action,” Joe Biden said.
“The United States will stand up for democracy wherever it is under attack,” he added.
Sending a strong warning to the perpetrators of the military coup in Myanmar, US President Joe Biden said, “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.”
Read @POTUS Biden on “the Situation in Burma.” ?? But also (re)read this earlier piece from Ben Rhodes, & ponder policy missteps from the past. B4 here we go again.
— ??Curtis S. Chin (@CurtisSChin) February 2, 2021