The U.S. to impose sanctions on those responsible for the coup
U.S. President Joe Biden on Wednesday outlined the U.S. government’s response to the military coup in Myanmar (Burma). The president announced an executive order to sanction those responsible for the coup.
Earlier, a source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that Biden would take action under the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA), which gives the president broad authority to impose economic sanctions if an emergency is recognized.
On the night of February 1, Myanmar’s military leadership arrested the country’s civilian leaders, including Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, and declared a one-year state of emergency, linking it to alleged election fraud. The Electoral Commission rejected the army’s complaints.
Myanmar is in its fifth day of street protests, which have not stopped even after a woman was seriously injured in clashes on Tuesday.
The Biden administration is working to shape an international response to the crisis, including working with Asian partners who have closer ties to Myanmar and its military.
U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and his Japanese counterpart, Toshimitsu Motegi, discussed the situation, agreeing to call on Myanmar authorities to immediately end violence against protesters, the Japanese Foreign Ministry said Wednesday.
The Biden administration is also discussing a possible response to events in Myanmar with Democrats and Republicans in Congress.
National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan spoke Wednesday with Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, who has a longstanding interest in Myanmar and has close ties to Aung San Suu Kyi, a McConnell aide said.