Biden: US will sanction those behind Myanmar coup

Biden says US will sanction military leaders, family members behind Myanmar coup. (Feb. 10)

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JOE BIDEN: Today, I again call on the Burmese military to immediately release the democratic political leaders and activists that they're now detained, including Aung San Suu Kyi and also Win Myint, the president. The military must relinquish power it seized and demonstrate respect for the will of the people of Burma as expressed in their November 8 election.

So today I'm announcing a series of actions that we're taking to begin imposing consequences on the leaders of the coup. The US government is taking steps to prevent the generals from improperly having access to the $1 billion in Burmese government funds held in the United States. And today I've approved a new executive order-- [COUGHS] excuse me-- a new executive order enabling us to immediately sanction the military leaders who directed the coup, their business interests, as well as close family members.

We will identify a first round of targets this week. And we're also going to impose strong export controls. We're freezing US assets that benefit the Burmese government while maintaining our support for health care, civil society groups, and other areas that benefit the people of Burma directly.

As protests grow, violence against those asserting their democratic rights is unacceptable. And we're going to keep calling it out. The people of Burma are making their voices heard. And the world is watching. We'll be ready to impose additional measures. And we'll continue to work with our international partners to urge other nations to join us in these efforts.