The ministry stressed that those who fell under the restrictions “are key members of the military regime.”
The United States has expanded the sanctions list for Myanmar to include members of the State Administrative Council, a new government formed to replace the ousted civilian one. This is stated in a statement issued on Monday by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the US Treasury Department.
“These individuals are key members of the military regime of Burma [as the US calls Myanmar], which brutally suppresses the democratic movement in the country and is responsible for the ongoing violence and attacks on people,” the text says.
The ministers of international cooperation, border Affairs, trade, planning and finance, natural resources, and health, among others, fell under the restrictions. In addition, sanctions were imposed on the head of the election commission and the chairman of the central bank. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken called on other states to consider taking similar measures, including “an arms embargo, suspending arms sales, stopping trade with military organizations.” “The military regime has refused to cooperate and has made no attempt to restore democracy in Burma while continuing its repression and violence against the people,” Blinken said in a statement.
Inclusion in the sanctions list means the freezing of assets in the United States and a ban for American citizens to conduct any business with the persons involved in the list. On February 1, the Myanmar military declared a state of emergency for a year and ousted the country’s leadership. Representatives of the army explained this by large-scale fraud in the elections held in November 2020. Since the beginning of February, mass protests against the removal of the civilian government have continued in the country, which is severely suppressed by the military authorities.