Obama administration sanctions Myanmar general for dealings with North Korea

WASHINGTON Tue Jul 2, 2013 12:24pm EDT

Lieutenant General Thein Htay addresses a news conference on the Rohingya-related unrest in Rakhine State, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Yangon July 30, 2012. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

Lieutenant General Thein Htay addresses a news conference on the Rohingya-related unrest in Rakhine State, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Yangon July 30, 2012.

Credit: Reuters/Soe Zeya Tun

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration on Tuesday sanctioned the head of a missile research and development facility in Myanmar for ignoring international requirements that he stop buying military equipment from North Korea.

Lieutenant General Thein Htay runs the Directorate of Defense Industries, which was sanctioned in July 2012 for buying military equipment and material from North Korea.

"Thein Htay has disregarded international requirements to stop purchasing military goods from North Korea," said U.S. Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence David Cohen. "We will continue our efforts, alongside our international partners, to shut down North Korea's dangerous and destabilizing weapons proliferation."

Tuesday's action prohibits U.S. citizens from engaging in transactions with Thein Htyay, and freezes assets he might have in the United States.

It comes on the heels of sanctions imposed June 27 on a North Korean bank and other individuals. The U.S. has been ratcheting up the pressure on North Korea since its latest nuclear test in February.

The Obama administration said Tuesday's action does not target the government of Burma, also referred to as Myanmar. The sanctions announcement said the country has "continued to take positive steps in severing its military ties with North Korea."

The United Nations said in May that increasingly tough financial sanctions, an arms embargo and other international restrictions on trade had significantly delayed expansion of North Korea's nuclear arms program.

(Reporting by Paige Gance; Editing by Vicki Allen)

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Comments (2)
Domsayshi wrote:
That’s right. You tell them mr president. No arms dealing with terrorists.

Jul 02, 2013 2:15pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
sunwatcher wrote:
The hypocritical arrogance of the good olde US of A beggars belief. America has s acted like a rogue country for decades– supplying arms to degenerate leaders throughout the world. Being involved in the downfall of leaders who refuse to Kow Tow to the USA world view and order.
NKPD is a terrible place to live and Uncle Sam is making it worse for the ordinary human beings living there by their heartless sanctions.

America is a dangerous country and should be watched closely

Jul 02, 2013 7:17pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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