U.S. declares takeover in Myanmar ‘coup’, reviewing sanctions
According to the State Department, the military who staged a coup in the country may face; serious consequences
The United States continues to prioritize the situation in Burma (Myanmar) and is considering various options to assist the country in which the military staged a coup d’état. Those guilty of the coup will face «serious problems», State Department spokesman Ned Price promised on Tuesday.
During the briefing, Price condemned the violent actions of the authorities against the demonstrators and repeated the call for the Burmese military to relinquish power in the country. Price added that the Biden administration will provide more information on its plans for Myanmar in the coming days..
The military leadership of Myanmar on February 1 seized control of the country under a state of emergency declared for a period of one year. The military linked the move to allegations of fraud in the November elections and promised to hold new elections in a year and then hand over power to their winner. The de facto leader of the country, Aung San Suu Kyi, and a number of representatives of the ruling party were detained «National League for Democracy».
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken on the same day expressed serious concern and dismay at reports that the Burmese military had detained several leaders of the civilian government. The head of the State Department called on the military «release all government officials and civil society leaders and respect the will of the people of Burma as expressed during the democratic elections on 8 November»