Biden sanctions Myanmar military leaders responsible for coup
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Biden sanctions Myanmar military leaders responsible for coup

US President Joe Biden issued an executive order Thursday that includes sanctions on Myanmar military officials and their business interests for directing and carrying out the February 1 coup. In the order, Biden stated that “the situation in and in relation to Burma, and in particular the February 1, 2021, coup … constitutes an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States.”

The executive order approves sanctions on not only the military leaders involved in the coup but also their business interests and some immediate family members, including spouses or “adult child[ren] of any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order.”

In a statement to the press, Biden said that the sanctions serve as consequences to those who directed the coup:

The U.S. 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 we’re freezing U.S. assets that benefit the Burmese government while maintaining our support for healthcare, civil society groups, and other areas that benefit the people of Burma directly.

Biden’s executive order calls on the Secretaries of the Treasury, State and Homeland Security to enforce the sanctions. Under the order, individuals who are determined to have directed the coup are also restricted from entry into the US.