The US Suspends Trade Agreement With Myanmar
The United States is suspending the trade deal with Myanmar over the violent crackdown by the security forces against protesters.
Trade representative Katherine Tai said in a statement that the 2013 trade and investment agreement would not come back into force until the country regains a democratically elected government.
The US and other Western countries have already introduced a series of sanctions against military junta members and their entourage. Saturday was the deadliest day since the coup on February 1. At least 114 people died, including children.
“The US strongly condemns brutal violence against civilians,” said Tai. The international community’s conscience has been shaken by the killing of peaceful protesters, students, workers, union leaders, doctors, and children.
President Joe Biden already called the violence “absolutely scandalous” this weekend and announced new penalties.