The United States announced new trade sanctions against Myanmar on Thursday (local time) in response to the military coup d’état in early February.
The US Department of Commerce has imposed new restrictions on exports to Myanmar. These restrictions mean that the export of certain “sensitive” items is more strictly controlled. It is unknown what exactly these items are.
Also, the Ministries of Defense and Interior have been blacklisted. The US holds the ministries responsible for the coup.
Since the coup in Myanmar, protests in the country have killed 54 people and made 1,700 arrests. On Wednesday, 38 protesters were killed, according to the United Nations. That was the deadliest day since the start of the massive anti-coup demonstrations.
Washington previously imposed financial sanctions on Myanmar’s military leaders over the coup.