Washington: US President Joe Biden has called the military violence in Myanmar “absolutely outrageous” and said Washington was working on reacting with sanctions.
The situation in Myanmar, which has seen almost daily protests since a military coup in February, was “terrible,” Biden said in comments reported by journalists travelling with the US President on his return from Delaware to Washington, DPA news agency reported.
Asked whether the US would respond with sanctions, Biden said “we’re working on that now.”
The bloodiest day of violence so far on March 27 – which marked Armed Forces Day in Myanmar – reportedly left 114 people dead.
Recently, the European Union approved sanctions against individuals tied to the Myanmar coup at a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels.
Among those sanctioned was junta chief Min Aung Hlaing, who has been slapped with an assets freeze and visa ban blacklist.
Myanmar’s military conducted a coup on February 1, overthrowing the government of State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi.