US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said on Sunday that the US government is preparing “additional measures” in the coming days against those responsible for the violent crackdown and military coup in Myanmar.
“We will continue to coordinate closely with allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific region and around the world to hold accountable those responsible for the violence,” Sullivan said in a statement.
He added, “We are preparing additional measures to impose more sanctions on those responsible for the recent outbreak of violence and the coup … We will have more to share in the coming days.”
On February 23, the United States announced the imposition of sanctions on two members of the military council in Myanmar, and threatened further measures due to the February 1 coup.
Tensions are rising in Myanmar against the backdrop of continuing demonstrations against the military coup, and calls for the release of detained civilian leaders, led by the head of the National League for Democracy, Aung San Suu Kyi.
The situation in Myanmar became more tense, with reports that the detained leader, President of the National League for Democracy, Aung San Suu Kyi, was taken to an unknown destination from her home in the capital Naypyidaw, where she had been under house arrest since the coup.
The military seized power in Myanmar in early February, claiming that the results of the elections that took place in November were rigged and won by the National League for Democracy.