US imposes fresh sanctions on Myanmar, targets jet fuel suppliers


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US imposes fresh sanctions on Myanmar, targets jet fuel suppliers

FILE PHOTO: Myanmar soldiers walk along a street during a protest against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar, February 28, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer/File Photo

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The US Treasury Department says the Myanmar military continues to commit atrocities and violence against the people since the coup and says it increasingly relies on air strikes in civilian populated areas

WASHINGTON, DC, USA – The United States on Friday, March 24, announced further sanctions against Myanmar, targeting people and entities tied to Myanmar’s military as Washington seeks to increase pressure on the ruling junta following the 2021 coup.

The US Treasury Department in a statement said it imposed sanctions on two people and six entities connected to Myanmar’s military that Washington accused of enabling its continuing atrocities, including through the import, storage and distribution of jet fuel to the military.

Since a junta seized power in February 2021, Myanmar has been plunged into chaos, with a resistance movement fighting the military on multiple fronts following a bloody crackdown on opponents.

The Treasury said the military has continued to commit atrocities and violence against the people of Myanmar since the coup and said it has increasingly relied on air strikes in civilian populated areas, citing an air strike on the village of Let Yet Kone in central Burma that impacted a school and one in the northern state of Kachin that killed as many as 80 people.

“Burma’s military regime continues to inflict pain and suffering on its own people,” the Treasury’s Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, Brian Nelson, said in the statement, using the Southeast Asian nation’s former name.

“The United States remains steadfast in its commitment to the people of Burma, and will continue to deny the military the materiel it uses to commit these atrocities.”

Myanmar’s embassy in Washington did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The Treasury targeted Myanmar military aviation fuel suppliers on Friday, imposing sanctions on Myanmar-based Asia Sun Group, Asia Sun Trading Co. Ltd And Cargo Link Petroleum Logistics Co. Ltd.

Also targeted were individuals and entities the Treasury said were associated with or have provided equipment to Myanmar’s military, including a close associate of the military regime leader and the associate’s companies, Star Sapphire Group of Companies and Star Sapphire Trading Company Limited. –

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