McConnell Seeks Sanctions Against Myanmar (Burma)

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The United States must “renew tough sanctions against Myanmar to punish the military regime there for failing to make ‘real progress’ on democratic reforms, a top US senator said Wednesday,” the AFP reports.

"Sanctions should remain in place because lifting sanctions would give the regime precisely what it wants; namely, legitimacy," Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said as he introduced an annual sanctions bill.

The measure, expected to pass easily, includes a ban on importing Myanmar goods, a freeze on US assets held by junta leaders, US opposition to multilateral lending organizations helping Myanmar, and a ban on junta leaders travelling to the United States.

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